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.