FURTADOHEINE, CÉCILE CHARLOTTE:
French philanthropist; born at Paris 1821; died at Rocquencourt (Seine-et-Oise) 1896. Her ancestors on both sides were prominent in French politics. She married Charles Heine, the cousin of the poet, and at her husband's death inherited his large fortune.
Among the more important of her numerous charitable works were the equipment and maintenance of an ambulance service in Paris during the Franco-Prussian war and the establishment of a dispensary for children in one of the Jewish quarters. She was a most liberal supporter of the Pasteur Institute. In 1896 she established a hospital with accommodations for one hundred children. She also endowed at Nice a sanitarium for convalescent officers of the French army.
In 1896 the president of the French republic conferred upon her the order of the Legion of Honor.
- Nouveau Larousse, Paris, 1903, s.v.