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Multimillionaire Environmentalist
Donor, 86, Throws Himself From
16th Floor Of San Remo

Breitbart's Big Government, by Staff

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Posted By:Drive, 12/25/2013 9:52:50 AM

On Monday, 86-year-old multimillionaire Robert W. Wilson, who was best known for his charitable ventures toward the environmentalist movement, threw himself from the sixteenth floor of his Upper West Side apartment building, the famous San Remo. He left a note before jumping. He had a stroke several months back, and had told friends that he “didn’t want to suffer.” In 2000, Wilson’s fortune was estimated at $800 million; he gave away all but $100 million by the time of his death, according to his friends. He gave $100 million to the World Monuments Fund, another $100 million to the Nature Conservancy, $100 million to the

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This is a real shame. I remember when he gave over $20 million to inner city parochial schools. So sad he had no one

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Libertygal, 12/25/2013 10:00:08 AM     (No. 9667472)

At least he understood the benefits of private Catholic schools vs the reality of union run government schools.
This surprised me.
Sad story.




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Reply 2 - Posted by: NYBruin, 12/25/2013 10:11:17 AM     (No. 9667484)

Tragic!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Toledo, 12/25/2013 10:14:54 AM     (No. 9667486)

I think it is misleading to call him an environmentalist. I don´t think he was a Sierra Club guy. One of the gifts was to the Wildlife Conservation Society which is actually the Bronx Zoo and other city zoos. I give to that as well.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: doublesharp, 12/25/2013 10:31:14 AM     (No. 9667507)

He did it his way.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: M2, 12/25/2013 10:31:40 AM     (No. 9667508)

His reason for suicide raises an interesting dilemma: He said he "didn´t want to suffer."

Because of the legal restrictions of some narcotics and other palliative drugs, people are forced to suffer when they really don´t want to live any more. I understand what was in this man´s mind. No one should have to endure a lengthy dying instead of a merciful quick one if other choices are available.

If the American Medical System was permitted to allow suffering patients with no medical hope to have the comfort of knowing they can request a quiet, peaceful death if they so chose, that would be a good thing.

My faith doesn´t allow suicide. But were I in a position where I was suffering greatly and there was no hope for recovery, I wouldn´t want to be forced to jump off a building. Instead, I´d want to be able to request a merciful injection -- planned and legal -- and just peacefully drift off to the next world.

For all I know, this is already being done in America under the radar, with the consent of the patient and his/her family.

I weep for those in such situations and for their families. Wilson apparently was a kind and generous man.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: kiwikit, 12/25/2013 10:37:09 AM     (No. 9667511)

Did he finally understand that ´global warming´ was faux?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 12/25/2013 10:48:13 AM     (No. 9667519)

He might have killed someone on the street below. He definitely horrified a lot of people. When I get to that state, I hope I´m still lucid enough to think of a better way.

Hmmm... Nice post for Christmas morning. I´ll try to be more charitable for the rest of the day.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: nevernaught, 12/25/2013 11:08:23 AM     (No. 9667537)

I´ve always thought that jumping off of a building is in one sense a gutsy way of committing suicide, but on the other hand what if you land on someone below. A bad day for them.

With that much money, I´m sure taking a friendly poison would be a better way to go, with no mess for others to clean up (well not much).

Of course I don´t even like to look down from a high building, so I´m thinking negative about this whole story.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/25/2013 11:51:37 AM     (No. 9667565)

Know Jesus, Know Peace

No Jesus, No Peace

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Reply 10 - Posted by: The Other Guy, 12/25/2013 12:09:11 PM     (No. 9667581)

It was done under the radar as early as the mid 1940´s, #5. An uncle who lived with us died of TB. I was just a youngster at the time and didn´t know any of the details until many years later. Our family doctor (they still made house calls back then) had provided my mother with pain medicine (morphine?) and a supply of syringes to treat my uncle, along with instruction on dosages, etc. He also let her know that my uncle was lucid and could ask that the prescribed dosage could be greatly increased at his request, and if he did request an increase his request should be honored. I was in my 30´s when Mom told my sister and I about this and told us that if she were ever in a similar situation that she would want us to remember that and act accordingly. Thankfully, we never had to make that choice.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/25/2013 1:56:14 PM     (No. 9667646)

FTA: He also gave millions to Catholic private schools despite the fact that he was an atheist.

He´s not an atheist anymore.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: readaholic, 12/25/2013 2:12:21 PM     (No. 9667653)

Yes #´s 5 and 10, a friend´s mother received this type of "assistance" while on hospice care. I don´t know why it would have been difficult for a man with his resources to avail himself of same.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 12/25/2013 2:44:41 PM     (No. 9667667)

The day after Thanksgiving someone jumped off their 16th floor penthouse in the building I live. I live on the 3rd floor about 50 feet from where he landed and felt and heard him hit (did not see it and did not know what it was initially). Trust me - this is not a good way to go, although it appeared he died instantly.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/26/2013 12:54:45 AM     (No. 9667938)

He found out he could fly.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: eorsc, 12/26/2013 2:00:07 AM     (No. 9667955)

It is legal in Oregon with rules and safeguards and is rarely used.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jkcinsalem, 12/26/2013 2:00:24 AM     (No. 9667956)

He should have moved to Oregon.

His method of suicide could hurt a innocent bystander.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/26/2013 3:01:56 AM     (No. 9667959)

86, though. Jeeze! - 800 million bucks? That is an average of making $26,000.00 a day for every single day of his life! I did not make 26 thousand in my entire combined working life until I was 24!I never made more than 26 thousand a year until I was 45!

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