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The Passing of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest

A visionary leader, philanthropist and friend of Ursinus College and the Berman Museum of Art, Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, selflessly supported Ursinus  for many years.

He died Aug. 5 at age 88.

Gerry and Marguerite’s generosity to Ursinus spans more than two decades. They have given approximately $8 million to Ursinus since 1995, and their contributions have included support of the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center (the Lenfest Theater bears their name), as well as extensive support for Berman Museum exhibitions and a significant contribution to the Berman Museum expansion project.

In 2011, the Lenfests funded the Lenfest-Strassburger Scholars Program, in memory of John Strassburger, Ursinus’s president from 1995 to 2010. The program continues to support students enrolled at Ursinus.

He became one of Philadelphia’s most dynamic civic leaders of the last century and was one of the area’s leading philanthropists for nearly two decades, contributing more than $1.3 billion to 1,100 organizations. 

“The Ursinus community is forever grateful for the support he and Marguerite had for our institution,” President Brock Blomberg said. “I offer my deepest condolences to Marguerite and the Lenfest family. He will be greatly missed.”