By  on February 3, 2006

NEW YORK — Kalman Ruttenstein, Blooming­dale's late senior vice president of fashion direction, left an estate worth more than $1 million. According to his will, Ruttenstein left $100,000 to Sibyl Piccone, his assistant for 35 years. She was also named an executor and trustee of the will.

Other benefactors of the estate included Kenneth Karlstein, an executor of the will with Piccone; Atlas Hampton Carney; Sydney Bachman Barclay, and Bobby Bermacher. Each was left $30,000.

Ruttenstein also left $25,000 to Gloria Park, $10,000 to Warren Evan Hode and $5,000 each to Fernando Feria and Grace Singleton. Additionally, Ruttenstein specified $10,000 each to the Nichols School, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, DIFFA and the American Cancer Society, while Princeton University was given $20,000.

The will specified that the remainder of Ruttenstein's estate be placed in a trust to care for his aunt, Celia Karnofsky, until the time of her death. After that, the net income of the trust will be divided among charitable institutions named in his will.

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