Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Brooke Astor Dead at 105 (Mrs. Vincent Astor)


"Money is like manure. It needs to be spread around." --Brooke Astor
Good Mourning, Everyone! Joy to you and me.
Today we honor famous philantropist and famous widow, Brooke Astor, wife of famous Vincent Astor.
Brooke died Monday at her home in Briarcliff, NY. She was 105 years old.
In Brooke Astor's lifetime she gave away close to $200 million to New York City's greatest cultural institutions. She also supported several more humble projects.
Among Brooke Astor's charities:
the New York Public Library
Carnegie Hall
the Museum of Natural History
Central Park
the Bronx Zoo
the Metroopolitan Museum of Art
Her smaller charities included:
Harlem's Apollo Theater
a new boiler for a youth center
beachside bungalow preservation
a church pipe organ
furniture for homeless families moving into apartments.
Born Brooke Russell, March 30, 1902, she was the only child of a career Marine officer, and spent most of her childhood in China. She was fluent in Chinese.
Brooke Astor was a writer in her youth. She wrote articles for various magazines and joined the staff of House & Garden, where she was a feature editor for several years. After the death of her second husband Marshall in 1952, she married Vincent Astor, the eldest son of John Jacob Astor IV, who died in the sinking of the Titanic. They had no children, and when Vincent died in 1959, he left Brooke $2 million plus interest off $60 million and endowed the Vincent Astor Foundation with an additional $67 million. By the time it closed in 1997, it had given away almost $200 million.
Griefcase extends sincerest condolences to family members, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances of Brooke Astor, and sends mourning joy always.
Mourning Joy:
Something passed around on the internet: A hair products company, Clairol, introduced the "Mist Stick," a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that mist is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the manure stick.
After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen. Open what I lovingly refer to as a joy-nal and write something.
Go ahead. I dare you.
Have an abundantly joy-filled day, Everyone. And remember, we're not alone.
:)L

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