Leonore Annenberg

  • "Actions speek louder than words.Lenore was a women of great..."
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  • "May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
    - Y. A.
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    - Anne Becker
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    - Hassen Zriba
  • "Dear Annenberg family &friends; My memories of her..."
    - Rose Gonzalez

ANNENBERG--Leonore. The Trustees and staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art mourn deeply the passing of Lee Annenberg, who shared with her late husband Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg a great passion for art and for this institution. Over the past nearly 50 years, she played many crucial roles in support of the Met - generous donor, benefactor, and trustee, as well as treasured advisor and friend. Walter and Lee were spectacularly generous, both personally and through their foundation, and their landmark gifts enhanced the collections in ways that will enrich all who pass through our doors now and in the future. The centerpiece of their philanthropy to the Metropolitan is The Walter H. and Lee Annenberg Collection - the sumptuous collection they amassed of 53 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, watercolors and drawings that are on view permanently in the Annenberg Galleries within the Museum's Nineteenth-Century European Paintings and Sculpture Galleries. Speaking of this outstanding gesture, Lee said simply that the gift was meant "for the benefit of all those who care about art as we do." She will be profoundly missed, and we extend our most heartfelt condolences to the entire family. James R. Houghton, Chairman Thomas P. Campbell, Director Emily K. Rafferty, President

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 13, 2009
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