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Mary Alice Fortin

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MARY ALICE FORTIN Mrs. Mary Alice Fortin was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 27, 1910 and lived in New York City, Palm Beach and Billings, Montana. She died in Palm Beach on March 14, 2007 after an extended illness. Her accomplishments include receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Rocky Mountain College in 1987 and having a Day declared in her honor from the YMCA of Billings, MT in September 1988. In addition, Mrs. Fortin received the Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way's highest honor, the Alexis deTocqueville award in 1999; the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce's Philanthropist of the Year award in 1991, and the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives in November, 2000. Mrs. Fortin's commitment to her community led her to support many local and national organizations including; the Mary Alice Fortin Building and Fortin Summit at Rosarian Academy, the Mary Alice Fortin Fine Arts Center at St. Ann's School, the Fortin Education Center at Rocky Mountain College, a Medical Systems & Computer Education Center at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, the Fortin Tower at St. Vincent's Hospital, Billings, MT, housing a pediatric special care unit, a cancer care and neurological center as well as a neonatal ICU, the Fortin Childcare Foundation for children with AIDS in South Bay, FL, the Fortin Science and Technology Center at Carroll College in Helena, MT, the Mary Alice Fortin Children's Art Gallery at the Society of the Four Arts, the Town Clock for the Town of Palm Beach, Palm Beach Firefighters benefited with a thermal imaging camera, creator of the Town of Palm Beach Employee Gift Program, the lighting and palm tree beautification of South County Road and the Memorial Park in Palm Beach, a supporter of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach with a Fortin Lobby, the United Way, the National Jewish Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, the United States Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C., the United Negro College Fund, the Fortin Annex at the Ronald McDonald House Billings, MT, the Lourdes Noreen McKeen Residence, West Palm Beach, FL, the Mary Alice Fortin Learning Wing at the DeGeorge Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, and the Fortin Homeless Center at St. Ann's Place, West Palm Beach. She is survived by her daughters Lesly Stockard Smith and Susan Stockard Channing, and granddaughter Danielle Hickox. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at St. Edward Catholic Church, 144 N. County Road, Palm Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to either Direct Relief International, 27 South Lapatera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117 or Turtle Nest Village, 900 Osceola Drive #222, West Palm Beach, FL 33409 or Lester N. Stockard Scholarship Fund, c/o Diocese of Palm Beach, 9995 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, or to a charity of your choice. Quattlebaum Funeral & Cremation ServicesFamily Owned and Operated(561) 832-5171 To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2007
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