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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.
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October 12, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
NOT MANY PEOPLE have a forest named for them. Selma Katz did. Just one of the many honors bestowed on this remarkable philanthropist and cultural leader was a 10,000-tree growth in Israel called the "Selma Katz Forest. " The Jewish National Fund raised the money for the trees in 1991, at the same time naming Selma as its woman of the year. Not a woman who sought honors, Selma almost turned down that designation, but she couldn't resist the forest. A few months before the tribute dinner in the Bellevue, she planted a tree herself in Israel.
NEWS
September 9, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Sandra Mann, a philanthropist and former member of the board of directors at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, working to improve the lives of cancer patients was a longtime passion. Mrs. Mann, 61, who lived in Rittenhouse Square, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, of a stroke resulting from kidney cancer, at Pennsylvania Hospital, her relatives said. Her husband, Fredric R. Mann II, a Philadelphia lawyer and businessman, said his wife served on the board of directors of Fox Chase for 15 years.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chara Cooper Haas was known for several high-profile philanthropic efforts.   But a small 1999 news report told of a neighborhood program that seemed to fly below the radar.   Philadelphia Reads, a summer program to help children retain reading skills acquired during the school year, was holding sessions at 22 locations in the city that summer.   And it was financed, the article said, in part by Chara and John C. Haas.   Though the Haases were best known for major philanthropies through the Haas family's William Penn Foundation, Mr. Haas' 2011 obituary said he credited his wife with devoting their personal estate to help vulnerable and underserved children and families through their Stoneleigh Foundation.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | Daniel Rubin
The last diploma had been handed out in the Mitchell Room, under the watchful oils of the august men who had led the College of Physicians over its 225 years, when Edward Sawyer Cooper made for the door. Gabby Smith, 19, took off running. "Dr. Cooper!" she called. The retired cardiologist turned on the white marble steps and smiled, standing still as the young woman wrapped her arms around his shoulders. "We are so proud of you," he said, and told her she was going to a good place, New York City, where one of his daughters is a pediatrician and researcher.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
THE GAME OF musical chairs that has marked the complex dealings of rich guys who want to buy the Daily News, the Inquirer and philly.com has gotten more complex. Now it appears that a group headed by businessman Lewis Katz, onetime owner of the New Jersey Nets, and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, once chairman of the Philadelphia Art Museum, has entered into an agreement to negotiate for the purchase of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. And it may be that Ed Rendell, who put together the original group of multimillionaires to bid on the company, is out as the ringleader.
NEWS
February 5, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
AT ONE TIME or another, there was probably a joke that began, "So Ed Rendell, Ed Snider and 'Johnny Doc' walk into a bar . . . " Now, they might end up walking into a newsroom together - as owners of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. Yeah, you read that right. Rendell confirmed yesterday that he's part of an investment group that wants to buy Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of both newspapers, the website and SportsWeek . The investors also include Snider, chairman of Comcast-Spectacor; Bill Hankowsky, president and chairman of Liberty Property Trust; philanthropist Lew Katz; George Norcross, chairman of Cooper University Hospital, and Krishna Singh, founder and president of Holtec International.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frances Sherman Kramer, 91, a prominent member of Philadelphia's Jewish society known for her charitable projects and expertise in fashion, died Saturday, Dec. 17, in an assisted-living facility in Tampa, Fla. Born in West Philadelphia, Mrs. Kramer grew up on Spruce Street and graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1937. She didn't go to college, but studied fashion privately. Mrs. Kramer married Robert I. Kramer in 1939. The two had met in a restaurant. "He saw her across the room because she was so gorgeous," said the couple's daughter, Wendy Grant.
NEWS
September 20, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Dolores Hope, 102, who throughout her 69-year marriage to comedian Bob Hope oversaw their charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., has died. Mrs. Hope died Monday of natural causes at her home in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said. In the late 1960s, the Hopes donated 80 acres near their future Palm Springs estate for the medical center, which opened in 1971.
NEWS
August 1, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
RUTH CAPLAN Perelman was content to sit back and let her hard-driving husband, Raymond G., tear up the business world - sort of. There were times when Ruth was "quick to correct him when she disagrees," a writer said in an Inquirer profile of the Perelmans in 2007. "Ruth is quieter but keenly aware and committed, sort of a wise counselor," Gail M. Harrity, president of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said at the time. "Together they make a fabulous duo. " Ruth Perelman died yesterday of pneumonia at age 90. She and her husband lived in Rittenhouse Square.
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