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Philanthropist Ann Loeb Bronfman dies

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April 6, 2011 | 3:31 pm

Philanthropist Ann Loeb Bronfman, who supported a range of causes through the foundation that she founded and ran, has died.

Bronfman died Tuesday from complications from emphysema at a hospital in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her five children. She was 78.

She funded and directed programs through the Ann L. Bronfman Foundation. The causes she supported included education, senior citizens, underserved youth, the arts and victims of domestic abuse.

Bronfman funded the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. The gallery offers exhibitions and programs that enhance Jewish identity, examine issues of social importance and develop community.

She was a trustee of the Rosemary Hall School, a boarding school in Connecticut, and was presented with its Alumnae Award in 1999 for “demonstrating outstanding achievement in her given field of endeavor.” Last year she was honored by the Teamwork Foundation, a Bronx, N.Y.-based organization that provides afterschool and summer programs to inner-city children, for her many years of support.

Bronfman graduated from the Rosemary Hall School in 1950 and attended Bennington College in Bennington, Vt., before marrying her husband, Edgar M. Bronfman, in 1953. They were divorced in 1973.

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