It was just one unsolicited e-mail, and she read it

July 24, 2011

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AS A recent graduate of Brandeis University in 2009, I did not know Myra Kraft, though I am sure that I gained in many unknown ways from her work on our board of trustees and her family’s generosity toward the school (“Myra Kraft, paragon of giving, dies: Efforts felt locally and worldwide,’’ Page A1, July 21). However, in one instance, she did show me her willingness and desire to help anyone who asked.

Almost a year ago, I had just finished my first year of law school and was looking to become involved in sports and entertainment law, something that career services professionals will tell you is virtually impossible while in law school. However, after noticing her association to Brandeis, I wrote her an e-mail. The subject line said simply that I was a recent Brandeis alumnus seeking assistance. I asked for her advice on breaking into the business, and told her that I knew that she was very busy and I would understand if she did not have the time to help.

Two weeks later I received an e-mail from a senior attorney working for the Krafts offering me the opportunity to speak with him about their office and legal internship program. Instead of discarding my random, unsolicited e-mail, Kraft had read it and forwarded it to the appropriate people within her company, hoping to help me. While this type of generosity pales compared to the philanthropic work that she did and that her family continues to do, it is a small example of how generous she was.

Aaron Rosenberg