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Phyllis Tuchman wrote an excellent tribute to Anne d'Harnoncourt on Obit-Mag.com. You can view the piece here:

http://obit-mag.com/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5005

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Greg - 9.4.2008 - 10:03 AM
The art world lost a fabulous museum director and a terrific lady! We all miss her very much.

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Georgette Dorn - 8.18.2008 - 9:20 AM
my heart is broken

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Anonymous - 8.8.2008 - 11:37 AM
I met Anne d’Harnoncourt at a traveling show of photography by the faculty and students of the Institute of Design in Chicago, which opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in December of 2002. At dinner at the Philadelphia Club I was serendipitously seated next to Anne, who was a delightful and attentive hostess.

Her sudden and premature passing comes as a shock. It is tragic that she was not able to build further upon her many accomplishments. I send my sympathy to her husband and to the Philadelphia Museum. I am grateful for this webpage through which we can express and share our memories of her.

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Hattula Moholy-Nagy - 7.19.2008 - 12:10 PM
Anne was a true Renaissance Woman and a model Philadelphian. Her passion for the Art Museum was beyond compare. It is a sad time for both the Museum as well as the City as a whole.

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CJC - 7.7.2008 - 3:45 PM
I worked in the gift shops in 1996-97 during the wonderful Cezanne show and afterwards. I loved working for the museum and I was always thrilled to interact with Ms d'Harnoncourt. She was a charming and egalitarian person with a warm sense of humor and I'm glad to have had the privledge to work for her and the museum. My sympathies go out to Mr. Rishel, and the rest of the staff and community of PMA. What a sad loss.

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ted heine - 6.24.2008 - 5:31 PM
I want to express my profound sorrow for the passing of Ms. Anne d'Harnoncourt, and my deepest sympathy to her husband and the rest of her family. Over the past few months, I have read many wonderful stories about Anne. For those of us of a younger generation, who aspire to be great art professionals and leaders, Anne is a role model and a real inspiration. The Art World has lost one of its greatest supporter, but the mark she made will endure.


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Anna F - 6.21.2008 - 12:53 PM
A great lady, with a superb knowledge of art and the art world. RIP, Anne.

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Jay Fahey - 6.18.2008 - 12:03 PM
Sweet Vale of Avoca!
how calm could I rest, in thy bosom
of shade, with the friends I love best,
where the storms that we feel in this cold world
should cease, and our hearts,
like thy waters, be mingled in peace.

from 'The Meeting on the Waters' Thomas Moore

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Anonymous - 6.18.2008 - 9:55 AM
My deepest sympathy to Joe and the rest of her family. I will miss seeing her in the halls as I toured the many children and families who participated in various children and family programs. I will always remember how much she enjoyed the exhibits produced by the children in the cafeteria hallways. The children along with all of the museum staff seemed to become an intricate part of museum family.

It has been an honor to work in her presence and to be a part of her mission to share the wonderful museum collection with the community. I have learned so much from afar. As a studio art teacher, committee member and artist. She taught me to be genuine in your work.
She has left a valuable imprint on my life. Strong ,dignified and sincere. Anne was soulful. Her welcoming speeches to all in the many museum events show her warm heartfelt sincerity. Yes Anne had what Latinos and Latinas would describe as "corazon". It is something I as a Chicana, from San Antonio, Texas will never forget. To me, the museum was never her job but her home. Thank you Anne for sharing it all with us. Your contributions and presence will always remain in our hearts and memory. Marta Sanchez

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Marta Sanchez - 6.10.2008 - 4:40 PM
I met Anne a few years ago at the Museum. She was a wonderful and gracious lady. The museum and the art world has lost one of its icons.


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Ton Hoofwijk Fine Art Security, Amsterdam - 6.10.2008 - 9:38 AM
We extend our profound sorrow and best wishes in sympathy for family in the passing of Anne. She was an inspiration to us all.

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Jane & Hansen Long - 6.8.2008 - 2:09 PM
I just Anne at the Philadelohia Award just a few weeks ago. I am shocked and saddened by Anne's untimely passing.

My deepest sympathy to her husband, Joe, and the rest of her family. I appreciated her friendship and kindness.

Anne was so special. Her intellect, beauty and grace made her the perfect person to lead the Museum and lead she did. Under her leadership the Museum grow finacially, physcially and in stature.

Her impact was profound and appreciated by all. She made the quality of life in Philadelphia better. Her vision and leadership made all of us proud of her accomplishments and made Philadelphia a world class destination for the Arts.

For all of that and more I thank you Anne.

Sara Manzano-Diaz

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Sara Manzano-Diaz - 6.6.2008 - 1:38 PM
Aunt Anne was an absolutely amazing woman to whom I am very grateful. Personally, and as I am learning more now professionally as well, she exuded a joy to life to which I cannot properly describe. This feeling was very much contagious, and I am sure many of you know what I am referring to. It saddens me deeply that she is now gone, though I am sure she wouldn't want it to be this way. Upon my father's passing she made sure I did not mourn his death but celebrate his life. It would be remiss of us to not do the same for her.

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Eric - 6.5.2008 - 8:10 PM
Hearing about Anne's untimely death was such a terrible shock. Forty seven years ago, I approached Anne to ask her sign her senior yearbook page for me. Collecting autographs from the goddess-like seniors was a spring time ritual for middle schoolers at our all-girls school. Most seniors just scribbled their name and moved on. Not Anne. I watched, rapt, as she drew a picture of a fantastical dancing creature with extraordinarily large ears. “Her name is Beulah Jane,” wrote Anne, “please treat her with kindness. She is very sensitive”. What a lovely gift to a younger girl she would never see again, and doubtless not remember. I still have Beulah Jane and I hope I treat her with kindness. Thank you, Anne.

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Barbara - 6.5.2008 - 2:10 PM
What a great and gracious lady! In Anne, the Museum, the city of Philadelphia, and the country at large had a superlative ambassador. The Art World has lost one of its greatest advocates, but the mark she made will endure, and her legacy is inviolable.

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Brian Salzberg - 6.5.2008 - 2:09 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Anne very briefly in 2004 while interviewing for a position with the museum. Her warmth, grace and elegance were completely disarming and I have never forgotten her. Thank you Anne for all that you did for Philadelphia and the arts community in general.

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John Granquist - 6.4.2008 - 11:41 AM
I have read and heard many heartfelt and wonderful stories about Anne over the past few days. For those of us of a younger generation, who aspire to be great art professionals and leaders, Anne, with her profound humanity, integrity, and tireless championing of art, stood as a real inspiration and role model. Her passing, as sad and tragic as it is, has given me cause to consider who, what, and how I want to be a leader in the arts, and why I want to be like Anne, a great lioness for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the arts, and museums all over the world.

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Anonymous - 6.4.2008 - 10:29 AM
I had the opportunity to meet Anne on a few occasions at the Museum. I always felt energized by her spirit, her grace, and her elegance. I admired her beauty and her easy ability with people. Anne is timeless and her mark on the Museum and Philadelphia will be forever.

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Catherine Grimes - 6.4.2008 - 10:14 AM
The passing of Anne comes as a shock to me. I had the privilege of seating next to her at dinner on May 18th and she was so active at the retreat on May 19th. That was the last day I saw her because I was going on vacation that Saturday. I get back and the first call was from the Museum with this horrible news. I met Anne over 30 years ago as a co interviewe of White House Fellow candidates. I remember how she and I fought for woman candidates for the program and sometimes we were unsuccessful but she always had such grace and charm. Anne talked me into the Museum board since I thought I had nothing to contribute. This experience became my education in Art, Philatrophy and committment to Philadelphia's art community. Because of Anne and Joe I traveled the world and was able to add an art day to every trip or opportunity. I have learned so much from her and while she never made you feel inferior she always gave you more credit than one deserved. As chair of Trustee committee we worked together to bring youth and diversity to the board. I was able to pick my successor a young man to the Trustee committee that I thought had more to offer than I and she agreed. What a wonderful leader she has been for Philadelphia and the world art community. I will miss her so much that I have trouble looking at the museum without her. My emotions and my sorrow are deep and I know that I will never enjoy the museum or be invited to learn about art the way she took me by the hand despite her busy schedule. We also talked politics and who was committed to the PMA. I told her all she had to do was do what she did for me and there would be without exception committment to you and the PMA. It worked and she has been equated with greatness and loved by all. I will truly miss you Anne and so will Sara my wife. She saw you as an example for all woman.

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Hon. Nelson A Diaz - 6.4.2008 - 10:09 AM

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