Archive for the ‘In Memoriam’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 30-July 6, 2014)

Monday, July 7th, 2014

IN MEMORIAM

Richard Mellon Scaife, billionaire who funded anti-liberal causes, dies at 82.” Washington Post. July 5, 2014.
Related stories:
Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82.” New York Times. July 5, 2014.
Richard Mellon Scaife, Champion Of Conservative Causes, Dies At 82.” All Things Considered/national Public Radio. July 4, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June_23-29, 2014)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

IN MEMORIAM

A Rockefeller Known Not for Wealth but for His Efforts to Help.” By Joseph Berger. New York Times. June 24, 2014.

Johnnie M. Walters, Ex-I.R.S. Chief, Dies at 94.” New York Times. June 26, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

Monday, June 16th, 2014

IN MEMORIAM

Richard Rockefeller Dies in Plane Crash: Rockefeller Brothers Fund Trustee Died In Crash Near Westchester County Airport.” By Pervaiz Shallwani and Joe Jackson. Wall Street Journal. June 14, 2014.
Related story:
Son of David Rockefeller Dies in Small-Plane Crash.” New York Times. June 14, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 28-May 4, 2014)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

IN MEMORIAM

Anthony Drexel Duke, 95, Boys Harbor Founder, Dies; Anthony Drexel Duke, scion of three wealthy families, in 1986. He founded Boys & Girls Harbor.” By Margalit Fox. New York Times. May 3, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 14-20, 2014)

Monday, April 21st, 2014

IN MEMORIAM

Gene Estess, Who Left Wall Street to Aid the Poor, Dies at 78.” By Douglas Martin. New York Times. April 20, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (December 23-29, 2013)

Monday, December 30th, 2013

IN MEMORIAM

Edgar M. Bronfman, Who Built a Bigger, More Elegant Seagram, Dies at 84.” By Jonathan Kandell. New York Times. December 23, 2013.
Related story:
Remembrances: Edgar Bronfman, Champion of Jewish Rights; Canadian Liquor Tycoon Was Longtime Head of World Jewish Congress.” Wall Street Journal. December 23, 2013.

Robert W. Wilson, Frugal Philanthropist, Dies at 87.” By Paul Vitello. New York Times. December 28, 2013.
Related story:
Tycoon Robert Wilson gives away $800 million fortune before jumping to death.” Independent (UK). December 28, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (December 16-22, 2013)

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

IN MEMORIAM

‘”Billionaire businessman, Jewish advocate Bronfman dies.” USA Today. December 22, 2013.
Related story:
Edgar M. Bronfman, billionaire head of World Jewish Congress, dies at 84.” Los Angeles Times. December 22, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (JANUARY 7-13, 2013)

Monday, January 14th, 2013

IN MEMORIAM

Celeste Bartos, New York Philanthropist, Dies at 99.” By Margalit Fox. New York Times. January 10, 2013. Celeste Bartos, a philanthropist who supported some of New York City’s most esteemed cultural institutions, in particular the New York Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art, died last Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 99. Her daughter-in-law Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos confirmed the death. With her husband, Armand Phillip Bartos, Mrs. Bartos, known in private life as Celeste Gottesman Bartos, was long a quietly visible presence on the city’s cultural landscape. At the library’s flagship branch, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Celeste Bartos Forum — a vast lecture hall that in 1987 was restored to combine its original Beaux-Arts splendor with late-20th-century technology — bears her name. So does the library’s Celeste Bartos Education Center, likewise used for lectures and public programs. Gottesman Exhibition Hall, the library’s main exhibition space, was a gift of Mrs. Bartos and her sisters, Miriam Wallach and Joy Ungerleider-Mayerson. At MoMA, Mrs. Bartos endowed the chief film curator’s chair and the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, the museum’s $11.2 million conservation center in Hamlin, Pa. Avid collectors of contemporary art, she and her husband gave many pieces to the museum, including works by Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler and Barnett Newman. A daughter of D. Samuel Gottesman and the former Jeane Herskovitz, Celeste Ruth Gottesman was born in New York City on Dec. 25, 1913. Her father, a pulp and paper magnate and financier, helped found the Central National Bank in New York. Mrs. Bartos’s other philanthropic endeavors included support of Film Forum, Anthology Film Archives and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 6-12, 2012)

Monday, August 13th, 2012

IN MEMORIAM

Martin E. Segal, Titan of the Arts in New York City, Dies at 96.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. August 5, 2012. Martin E. Segal, whose puckish warmth and old-fashioned ways belied his power and influence as one of the city’s leading cultural figures, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96. Mr. Segal, who made his fortune through the Segal Company, an international consulting business, was perhaps best known as the elder statesman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where he served in several leadership roles, contributed his own funds and generated substantial gifts to the organization. Most people know that Lincoln Center has halls named after Alice Tully and Avery Fisher; Mr. Segal knew Ms. Tully and Mr. Fisher personally. Mr. Segal was chairman of Lincoln Center from 1981 to 1986. His successors have included the soprano Beverly Sills. But a recent chairman, Frank A. Bennack Jr., said in a November 2008 interview that as far as he was concerned “somehow Marty is the Lincoln Center chairman.” Mr. Segal was also the founding president and chief executive of the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1968 to 1978. During his tenure the Film Society honored Charlie Chaplin, whom Mr. Segal went to great lengths to bring to the United States from Britain, at its first annual gala tribute. The second award went to Fred Astaire, the third to Alfred Hitchcock. Well into his 90s, Mr. Segal remained a larger-than-life presence on New York’s cultural scene. Although his board positions evolved into emeritus or advisory roles, he continued fund-raising and counseling executives at his favored arts organizations. He went into the office almost every day and out on the town almost every night. And he was constantly at fund-raising galas, be it in honor of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the New York Public Library or the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. While Mr. Segal was generous with his money, he was perhaps most admired for the donations he managed to extract from others. He used to say he had no trouble giving people the “opportunity” to contribute to the causes he cared most about, whether it be Lincoln Center’s redevelopment project, which updated the campus; Public Radio International (formerly American Public Radio), of which he was a founding member; or the Library of America, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to publishing, and keeping in print, editions of America’s most significant writing. Mr. Segal was also the moving force behind several arts organizations, including the New York International Festival of the Arts, which he founded in 1985 and ran until its discontinuation in 2002. He helped establish the Martin E. Segal Theater Center at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2000. In 1986 Lincoln Center established the annual Martin E. Segal Awards, given to aspiring young artists.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 11-17, 2012)

Monday, June 18th, 2012

IN MEMORIAM

Elinor Ostrom, Winner of Nobel in Economics, Dies at 78.” By Catherine Rampell. New York Times. June 12, 2012. Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science — an achievement all the more remarkable because she was not actually an economist — died on Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind. She was 78. The cause was cancer, according to Indiana University, where she taught for many years. Professor Ostrom’s work rebutted fundamental economic beliefs. But to say she was a dark horse for the 2009 economics Nobel is an understatement. Not because she was a woman — although women in the field are still rare — but because she was trained in political science. Professor Ostrom’s prizewinning work examined how people collaborate and organize themselves to manage common resources like forests or fisheries, even when governments are not involved. The research overturned the conventional wisdom about the need for government regulation of public resources. In 1973, Professor Ostrom and her husband, Vincent, who survives her, founded the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. It would become the first of several interdisciplinary institutions she helped shape, and a locus for her collaboration with scholars across academia, including ecologists, computer scientists and psychologists. Just as her academic habits emphasized collaboration and cooperation, so did the content of her study. Traditionally, economics taught that common ownership of resources results in excessive exploitation, as when fishermen overfish a common pond. This is the so-called tragedy of the commons, and it suggests that common resources must be managed either through privatization or government regulation, in the form of taxes, say, or limits on use. Professor Ostrom studied cases around the world in which communities successfully regulated resource use through cooperation. Her work has important applications for climate change policy today. Professor Ostrom’s research and Mr. Williamson’s related work on corporate oversight are part of a field known as institutional economics. Some economists still debate whether the field deserves a rightful place within the economics discipline. Elinor Awan was born on Aug. 7, 1933, in Los Angeles, an only child. She often spoke about how growing up in the Depression had influenced her interest in cooperative institutions. She recalled helping her family grow food in a large garden and knitting scarves for soldiers. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees — all in political science — at the University of California, Los Angeles.