2011-04-09 / Obituaries

Ann Bronfman


Ann Bronfman Ann Bronfman Ann Loeb Bronfman, a philanthropist and respected summer resident on Mackinac Island, passed away at age 78 Tuesday night, April 5, 2011, at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was surrounded by her five children. The cause of death was complications from emphysema.

Mrs. Bronfman, the daughter of John L. Loeb, Sr. and Frances Lehman Loeb, was born September 19, 1932, in New York City. Her father was a leading member of the investment community who served as the head of the Wall Street firm of Loeb, Rhoades & Company, a predecessor of Shearson Lehman/American Express. Her mother, the daughter of Arthur Lehman of the Lehman Brothers banking firm, was New York City’s commissioner for the United Nations and the Consular Corps for 12 years in the 1960s and 70s.

Mrs. Bronfman devoted her life to numerous philanthropic efforts, including funding and directing programs through the Ann L. Bronfman Foundation, which she founded and operated. She supported a range of causes, including education, senior citizens, underserved youth, victims of domestic abuse, the arts, and others. Mrs. Bronfman served as a trustee of Rosemary Hall and was presented with the school’s Alumnae Award in 1999 for “demonstrating outstanding achievement in her given field of endeavor.” She was the benefactor of the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery at the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center. The gallery offers exhibitions and programs that enhance Jewish identity, examine issues of social importance, and develop community. In 2010, Mrs. Bronfman was honored by the Teamwork Foundation for her many years of support. The Bronx, New Yorkbased organization, which includes the world famous New York Gauchos basketball program, provides after-school and summer programs to inner city boys and girls.

“Ann Loeb Bronfman is living proof that greatness is not inherited; it is achieved,” wrote JCA Today, a publication of the Jewish Council for the Aging, in 2006. “By refusing to rest on others’ laurels, Ann has literally changed the world, adding compassion to an otherwise uncaring place. Her singleness of purpose and generosity of spirit teach us all that we, too, possess the power to change the world if we, like Ann, listen to our hearts.”

Mrs. Bronfman was graduated from the Rosemary Hall school, then of Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1950 and attended Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, before marrying Edgar M. Bronfman in 1953. Mr. and Mrs. Bronfman were divorced in 1973.

Mrs. Bronfman divided her time between her homes in Washington, D.C., and Mackinac Island. She generously shared her beautiful lakeside cottage, “Lakewood,” with friends, especially Janey Hart and the entire Hart family. Jane Hart had taught Ann Bronfman to sail, and she became an avid sailor and spent many happy times on her boat.

In addition to her five children, Sam Bronfman of Atherton, California, Edgar Bronfman, Jr. of Manhattan, Holly Bronfman Lev of Charlottesville, Virginia, Matthew Bronfman of Westchester, New York, and Adam Bronfman of Park City, Utah, Mrs. Bronfman is survived by 25 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Deborah Brice of London, England, and two brothers, the Honorable John L. Loeb, Jr. and Mrs. Bronfman’s twin, Arthur Lehman Loeb, both of Manhattan.

A memorial service will be held at the 92nd Street YMHA in New York City Sunday, April 10, at 11 a.m., 1395 Lexington Avenue, between 3rd and Park avenues.

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