Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Toronto philanthropist, social activist and arts patron Bluma Appel was hailed Monday as "an inspiring, caring, compassionate, fiercely determined friend to Toronto."Appel died Sunday night in a Toronto hospital. She was 86. According to her family, she was diagnosed with lung cancer about two months earlier.Though most often cited for her arts advocacy and as a devoted theatre lover in recent years, the irreverent and spirited Appel had also been a champion for AIDS-related causes, equal representation for women in male-dominated industries, and scientific and medical research."Beyond being a philanthropist, which is the way she's being cast, she was a social justice activist," Ellie Tesher, Appel's longtime friend and a syndicated newspaper columnist, told CBC News on Monday.