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In Memory

Lenore Annenberg, philanthropist
Desiree Melissa Jane Stevenson, dancer


Leonore Annenberg

Leonore Annenberg, who as the widow of billionaire publisher Walter Annenberg continued his tradition of philanthropy and patronage of the arts, died Thursday. She was 91. Annenberg died of natural causes at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., said family spokeswoman Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Annenberg was chairwoman and president of the Annenberg Foundation, which is based in the Philadelphia suburb of Radnor and has a mission “to advance the public well-being through improved communication.” She had led the institution since her husband’s death in October 2002.  Annenberg was a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a member of the acquisitions committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She also served on the Trustee’s Council of The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Annenberg was also a trustee emeritus at Penn, where she and her husband founded the Annenberg School for Communication in 1958. In 1993, the couple gave Penn its largest gift ever — $120 million — to endow the school and create the Annenberg Public Policy Center.  The Annenberg Foundation, which also has offices in Los Angeles, has given nearly 5,600 grants to nonprofit groups totaling nearly $4.2 billion since its creation in 1989.

Desiree Melissa Jane Stevenson , Age 10

Desiree simply loved dancing and had been doing it since the age of 3, studying everything from tap to ballet. A 5th-grader at New Media Charter School, she also studied at the Point Dance Studio, on Germantown Avenue, where she took ballet, jazz, acrobatic, tap and praise dancing. She had been studying at th4e school for six and half years. Monday, she died of a viral infection. She was 10.

She lived in Overbrook Park. Besides her mother, she is survived by a brother, Mark; her grandparents, Jane and James Stevenson; her great-grandmother, Jane Shelton, and a close friend whom she thought of as a father, Ron Ulmer.

Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Althanasius Church, 2050 Walnut Lane. Friends may call at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Chelten Hills Cemetery, Washington Lane and Woolston Avenue.

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