Building a Legacy
Mary Ruff Brush was a tough-minded, astute businesswoman who believed in hard work and accountability. With a business degree from the University of Maryland, she took the reins of her father’s business, becoming one of the first women to serve as CEO of a real estate management company. Among other properties, she owned and managed the 465-unit Broadview Apartments for 60 years.
“She was a remarkable woman—plain spoken, unassuming, honest, and filled with great humor,” recalls Tom Wilcox, BCF president. “She was also extraordinarily generous.”
Brush established a BCF donor-advised fund and became a member of the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle and the Legacy Society. A bequest in her will created an $8 million endowment to benefit education, which was a lifelong interest. “I wanted to leave my bequest to BCF because it will continue to provide people with educational opportunities,” she explained.
Brush believed that education was the surest way for individuals to advance financially, and she was particularly interested in the intersection of education, faith, and community, contributing, for example, to New Song Academy in Sandtown. Wilcox thinks she would also have been pleased with recent reforms in the public schools, which empower families to make informed choices.
“BCF is filled with people like Mary who bring a private-sector perspective to public-sector needs,” he says. “Her gift to BCF is transformational, and it ensures that her interests will be represented in Baltimore forever.”
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