Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Philanthropist, 'friend to Toronto' Bluma Appel dies

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.

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