Anne W. Banse | Philanthropist, 79

Anne W. Banse
Anne W. Banse
Posted: October 19, 2012

Anne W. Banse, 79, an active philanthropist who once operated a horse-breeding farm, died Monday, Oct. 15, of respiratory failure at her home in Wyndmoor.

Mrs. Banse was a supporter of the Philadelphia Opera Company, the Morris Arboretum, Springside School, and many other institutions.

For 20 years she ran a horse-breeding farm, Meadowgate Farm, in Lawrenceville, N.J., which included a riding program for autistic children.

Mrs. Banse was the widow of Robert L. Banse, former general counsel and executive vice president of Merck & Co. Inc., who died in 1995. The two married in 1955.

Her son John Banse said his parents were dedicated fans of Penn basketball and held season tickets since 1968.

Mrs. Banse, daughter of Arthur and Gertrude Windels, was born March 26, 1933, in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., where she was raised.

She attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1954. Mrs. Banse returned to Packer as a teacher in 1956.

She and her husband moved to Philadelphia in 1960. They later moved to Lawrenceville before returning to Wyndmoor.

Mrs. Banse is survived by a daughter, Amy Banse; sons Robert Banse and John Banse; and 11 grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 7020 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington.

- Vernon Clark

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