The Blanche A. Paul Foundation

This site is in loving memory of my Mom, Blanche A. Paul, who passed away in New York on 25 April 2008.

Blanche was born in 1918, at Bronx, NY, to Tessie and Joseph Auerbach. Joe was a restaurateur and businessman from Boston. Tessie emigrated to the US from Poland and Russia about 1900 with her 3 sisters. Blanche's Brother, Morris, also became a restaurateur and a food service consultant.

Blanche went to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NY. During WWII, Blanche joined the US Army. While in the Army, she met Dr. Melvin Paul, a Dentist, and married him in 1943.

After the War, Blanche became a highly respected interior decorator. Blanche also worked at the United Nations, the American Crafts Museum and famous Manhattan stores like Sachs 5th Avenue, Tiffany's and Bergdorf Goodman's.

Throughout her life, Blanche loved art, opera, ballet, and classical music. She had many close, lifelong friends including artists, musicians, writers and dancers.

Since the 1960s, Blanche lived at 315 East 68th Street in Manhattan. She loved New York and especially enjoyed the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center.

In 1995, she was admitted to the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, due to a serious fall and complications of Parkinson's. Blanche passed away peacefully on April 25th, 2008.

As a Memorial to Blanche's life, we created the Blanche A. Paul Foundation, to fund education and work in the Fine Arts and research into Parkinson's Disease.

Projects Funded

In 2010, we started to work with the Marin Community Foundation. We advised and created these three specially selected grants:

1. For Parkinson's research to Dr. Dino Di Monte, at the
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases). Please see the DZNE press release.


2. To the Marin Dance Theater for a full year school scholarship to a career bound dancer.

3. To the Museum of Design of Zurich to archive, conserve, restore and publish on their website, certain rare vintage posters.


In 2011 and 2012 we continued to fund these 3 significant grant projects.


On May 24, 2013 the DZNE Neurological Research Institute made the press release:

DZNE home page:

"Caudo‐rostral Brain Spreading of α‐Synuclein through Vagal Connections"

The Parkinson's research project that the Foundation funded has just succeeded! A detailed technical paper, was published on May 23, 2013, in the  prestigious medical research journal, EMBO Molecular Medicine (Wiley/Nature Publ. UK).


This R&D is much more than a minor incremental improvement. The research is already making waves in the PD research community.

The principal researcher (and our good friend) Dr. Di Monte, was invited to give many presentations and seminars on the research results. A conference in Florence in March had 500 researchers in the audience!  Other PD researchers are now expanding on the technique, and Dr. Di Monte will next explore the role of inflammation in causing PD.

We hope that this work will someday lead to better diagnosis and treatment of this horrible disease, which Blanche suffered from for 25 years and which ultimately led to her passing in 2008.

When the Blanche A. Paul Foundation first began to search for a promising Parkinson's Disease project and researcher, and found this project, the theory's chance of success was estimated at only 5..10%!

The research results and implications are far beyond expectations. After 4 years, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED and big congratulations to Dr Di Monte and his entire amazing group at DZNE!

The Sukkah

We recently found and scanned this article.  Blanche may have submitted it to the New Yorker Magazine.


A PDF is here:


A Stroll in the Park


Another newly discovered article was written in 1966.


A PDF is here:


We hope you will enjoy them! Your comments are appreciated!

These articles are © and may yet appear in print.


Here are more photos of Blanche during the course of her life:


Please check this website again for news and progress of the Blanche A. Paul Foundation. We welcome your inquiries about grants, funding and endowments.


Thank you for visiting, your thoughts and feedback are most appreciated.


With Kind Regards,


Jon D. Paul

Founder and trustee


PS: if you enable sound, you should hear some music she loved!

Revised October 6, 2013


(C) Jon D. Paul 2008
Blanche Auerbach Paul

1918 - 2008


Blanche's love went out to everyone that met her