Leonore Annenberg

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ANNENBERG--Ambassador Leonore. The Trustees and staff of the University of Pennsylvania are deeply saddened by the death of Leonore Annenberg, an Emeritus Trustee and founding member of the Joint Committee of the Trustees of the Annenberg School for Communication. Lee was associated with the University - her adopted alma mater - for over 40 years. She and her husband, the late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, provided extraordinary leadership, invaluable counsel, and contributions of profound importance to Penn and to society. Their appreciation and support of excellence in education, the arts, and public policy inspired Penn to strive toward ever greater distinction. The Annenbergs were dedicated benefactors whose extraordinary financial contributions transformed Penn. The impact of their generosity is beyond measure. In 1958, they founded the Annenberg School for Communication. In 1993, they added substantially to the School's founding endowment to support, among other things, the Annenberg Institute for the Study of Democratic Institutions and Government and the Institute for Adolescent Risk Communication. They created the Annenberg Public Policy Center and through generous additional support made possible the construction of its new building. Lee and Walter established 24 endowed professorships at Penn and also established the Annenberg Scholars to provide tuition assistance for undergraduate students. The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at Penn was named in their honor. Lee was awarded an honorary degree from Penn in 1985, and she and Walter were also recognized in 1994 with the University of Pennsylvania's Medal for Distinguished Achievement. Lee's profound dedication to education and citizenship has created a legacy which will continue in the many wonderful programs she and Walter established and in the individuals whose lives they touched. We will miss Lee's grace, determination, and most importantly, her friendship. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Lee's entire family and many friends. James S. Riepe, Chairman Amy Gutmann, President

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