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January 19, 2001
Eugenia Butler, 79, art collector and dealer whose innovative galleries helped legitimize edgy contemporary art in the 1960s. Born in Bakersfield, Eugenia Louise Jefferson Butler attended Scripps College in Claremont and was a master sergeant in the Marines during World War II. In 1963, she established Galleria Del Deposito where she introduced Los Angeles to the functional art of European artists Victor Vasserely, Jesus Rafael Soto and Lucio Fontana.
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September 13, 1994 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Frederick R. Weisman, a self-made multimillionaire who amassed a fortune by distributing Toyota automobiles and spent much of that wealth on contemporary art and philanthropy, has died. He was 82. Weisman died Sunday evening at his Holmby Hills estate after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the family announced Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2002 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dolores Olmedo Patino, a shrewd self-made woman and avid art collector whose museum houses the biggest collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, died late Saturday of a heart attack at her estate in suburban Xochimilco. She was 94. From humble beginnings in Guerrero state, Olmedo Patino amassed enormous wealth in construction and real estate while cultivating a friendship with the great Mexican muralist Rivera, who died in 1957.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1997
Surrounded by drawings of Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, Krazy Kat and Prince Valiant, retired illustrator and comic art collector Murray Harris died Friday at his home in Simi Valley after suffering a heart attack a month earlier. He was 87. "He was a wonderful, wonderful man," said Monica Daniels of Simi Valley, a close friend. "We'd go to swap meets every Sunday and he'd look for any kind of cartoon or art or book from Walt Disney--that was just the passion inside him."
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May 12, 1996 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William Nelson Copley, the witty and irreverent painter and collector of surrealist art who once painted Betsy Ross stripping in front of her design of the American flag and titled it "O Say Can You Sew," has died. He was 77. Copley, who signed his work "Cply," died Tuesday at his home in Sugar Loaf Key, Fla., of complications from a stroke. He had retired to Florida about five years ago.
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April 29, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, billionaire industrialist and man about the world who amassed the finest private art collection second only to that of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has died. He was 81. Thyssen died early Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Sant Feliu de Guixols north of Barcelona, Spain, according to an announcement by the Thyssen Museum in Madrid.
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October 29, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Victor Ganz, vice president of the Whitney Museum of American Art and an internationally known collector of modern art, is dead of lung cancer. Ganz, 74, was chairman of the Battery Park City Fine Arts Committee and a former member of the museum's advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. He died Sunday at home in New York. He began collecting paintings while still in his teens, and as his holdings increased he was able by the 1940s to accumulate works by Pablo Picasso.
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March 4, 1994 | From Associated Press
Sir Harold Acton, a writer, art collector and contemporary of some of the century's leading creative and political figures, has died. He was 89. An heir to a British family with deep ties to Italian nobility, Acton died Sunday at his villa, La Pietra, outside Florence. He was the author of more than 25 books, including biographies such as "The Last Medici" in 1932, and accounts of his years as a university professor in China. He also was a renowned art collector and patron.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2002
John Hauberg, 85, art collector and benefactor who founded the Pilchuck Glass School and served as president of the Seattle Art Museum, died Friday in Seattle of a heart attack brought on by a bacterial infection. Hauberg grew up in Rock Island, Ill., the son of John Hauberg Sr., who founded the city's Hauberg Indian Museum. After graduating from the University of Washington, the younger Hauberg stayed in Seattle, where he became a civic leader and philanthropist.
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