New York fixture Brooke Astor dies

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    New York fixture Brooke Astor dies
    Philanthropist, civic leader gave away nearly $200 million; she was 105

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    Brooke Astor won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.
    NEW YORK - Brooke Astor, the civic leader, philanthropist and fixture of New York high society who gave away nearly $200 million to support the city's great cultural institutions and a host of humbler projects, died Monday at 105.
    Astor, recently the center of a highly publicized legal dispute over her care, died of pneumonia at her suburban estate, family lawyer Kenneth Warner said.
    Although a legendary figure in New York City and feted with a famous gala on her 100th birthday in March 2002, Astor was mostly interested in putting the fortune that husband, Vincent Astor, left to use where it would do the most to alleviate human misery.
    Her efforts won her a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1998.
    "Money is like manure, it should be spread around," was her oft-quoted motto. There was a lot to spread: Vincent Astor's great-great-grandfather John Jacob Astor made a fortune in fur trading and New York real estate.
    Brooke Astor gave millions of dollars to what she called the city's "crown jewels" — among them the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Natural History, Central Park and the Bronx Zoo.
    Funded many small projects, too
    But she also funded scores of smaller projects: Harlem's Apollo Theater; a new boiler for a youth center; beachside bungalow preservation; a church pipe organ; furniture for homeless families moving in to apartments.
    It was a very personal sort of philanthropy.
    "People just can't come up here and say, 'We're doing something marvelous, send a check,"' she said. "We say, 'Oh, yes, we'll come and see it."'
    Astor's imprimatur on a program or project helped generate support from other philanthropists.
    But papers filed in July 2006 alleged her final years were marred by neglect, and in a settlement three months later her son, Anthony Marshall, was replaced as her legal guardian with Annette De La Renta, wife of the fashion designer Oscar De La Renta.
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    tennessee Blew out my flipflop. Stepped on a pop top . . .

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    From the article:

    "I grew up feeling that the most important thing in life was to have good manners and to enhance the lives of others," Brooke Astor said in a 1992 interview with The Associated Press. "

    It seems she was a genuinely concerned person, who cared about her fellow man. We could use a few more like her.
     
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    Sounds like she was quite a woman.:)
     
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    RIP Supposedly her son was mistreating her toward the end and her grandson went to court to try to get guardianship of her. He was a real jerk. Hopefully she is resting in peace now.
     
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    I wish Paris Hilton and all these other socialitses would take a look at Brooke Astor's Life.


    R.I.P. Brooke.
     
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    A frail, weary-looking Anthony Marshall was rolled in his wheelchair into the audience of the Manhattan Appellate Division yesterday — the unofficial Exhibit A in arguments that he shouldn’t go to jail for swindling millions from his famous, white-gloved philanthropist mother, Brooke Astor.

    “I can’t imagine the purpose of imprisoning a man who is so ill!” Marshall’s lawyer, John Cuti, told the panel of five judges, waving his arm to indicate Marshall, who sat in his chair beside his wife, Charlene.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/marshall_wheel_pitiful_KmUO1GIM4LJyydWb3A4V2H
     
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    From above link:

    "Manhattan Supreme Court Justice A. Kirke Bartley, the same judge who presided over the six-month trial in 2009, stood by his decision to incarcerate Marshall, 89, for one to three years for grand larceny. An assistant DA fumed that Marshall and his co-defendant, disgraced lawyer Francis Morrissey, 72, were getting special treatment by being allowed to live free during years of appeals because of their wealth and status."

    “It’s not the way every other defendant in this state is treated,” prosecutor Peirce Moser told the judge."

    "Bartley also shot down a motion by the duo’s attorneys for a retrial based on a last-minute affidavit filed by a juror recanting her guilty verdict."

    "Morrissey was shackled by court officers and hauled off to the slammer to start his own one- to three-year stint, his head down and his face expressionless as his sister sobbed in the gallery."
     
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