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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1999 | ANN L. KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, the fund-raising arm of the city Public Library, has received the largest donation from an individual in its seven-year history--$1 million from longtime arts patron Flora Laney Thornton. The widow of Litton Industries co-founder Charles "Tex" Thornton has earmarked her donation for the foundation's endowment, which will provide ongoing support for library programs after it reaches $10 million.
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NEWS
July 21, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Barrutia, internationally known linguist, a founding professor at UC Irvine and an expert on bilingual education, has died at the age of 72. Barrutia, also a noted amateur artist and arts patron, died July 6 in Corona del Mar. After teaching Peace Corps members Portuguese to work in Brazil and conducting National Defense Education Act workshops in Ecuador, Barrutia became a founding faculty member at UC Irvine in 1965.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1999
Paul Mellon's father, Andrew W. Mellon (1855-1937), founded the National Gallery of Art, which opened in 1941. With his sister Ailsa Mellon Bruce (who died in 1969) and their foundation, Paul Mellon paid for the Gallery's $94-million East building. Mellon helped lead the gallery for 60 years, and gave 913 artworks to the museum. He died Monday, at 91, at his home in Upperville, Va. In a phone conversation, Earl A.
NEWS
November 6, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Martha O'Driscoll, an actress popular in the 1940s who portrayed Daisy May in a film version of "Li'l Abner," has died at the age of 76. O'Driscoll, who had been married for many years to wealthy businessman Arthur Appleton, died Tuesday in the exclusive island community of Indian Creek Village near Miami Beach. Born in Tulsa, Okla., she danced publicly at the age of 3, modeled at 4 and gravitated to Hollywood as an MGM dancer.
NEWS
June 24, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Louise M. Davies, the philanthropist whose name graces San Francisco's symphony hall, has died. She was 98. Davies, who with her late husband contributed millions to Bay Area cultural arts projects and charities, died Monday at a retirement home, family members said. The philanthropist gave San Francisco the $5-million down payment for its symphony hall, later contributing $3 million more to attract visiting conductors to the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
Marilyn H. Lynch, a longtime volunteer and patron of music, ballet and theater in Orange County, died Wednesday. She was 69. A lifelong arts lover, Lynch graduated with a degree in music from Stanford University in 1950. She sang for numerous church choirs and other groups, and served as director of the South Coast Repertory and director and treasurer of Ballet Pacifica in Irvine.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1998 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
How big was the world in 1628? That was the year 36-year-old Prince Khurram, third son of Jahangir and a Rajput princess, became Mughal emperor of India. He assumed the exalted title Shah-Jahan, King of the World. In terms of real estate, the world then was pretty much the same size as the world today.
NEWS
January 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Dominique de Menil, the French-born daughter of an oil industry pioneer who used her wealth to amass a great art collection, has died at the age of 89. Aide Elsian Cousins said the arts patron and human rights activist died Wednesday of natural causes. De Menil was president of the Carter-Menil Human Rights Foundation, which she founded in 1985 with former President Carter. In a statement, Carter called De Menil a "human rights hero."
NEWS
July 9, 1997
Elizabeth Heller Mandell, 65, patron of the arts and consultant for nonprofit agencies. Born in San Francisco, Mandell was a fourth-generation Californian, the daughter of Edward and Elinor Heller, a UC regent, and the great-granddaughter of Wells Fargo Bank President Isaias Hellman. Mandell was the owner of Mandell Gallery in Los Angeles, which specializes in ceramic and handblown glass art. She earned a bachelor's degree at Mills College and a master's degree at Harvard University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1996
Visitors to the 12th annual Harvest Festival in Pomona this weekend can help the hungry as they patronize the arts. Teaming up with Canning Hunger, a La Habra-based charity organization, the Harvest Festival will take $1 off the $6.50 regular admission price for visitors who donate canned goods at the door. At the end of the weekend arts festival, Canning Hunger will work with local agencies to distribute the food to the needy, said Joyce Scherer, a spokeswoman for the festival.
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