The Columns

Philadelphia Fetes Lenfests

— by on May 12th, 2009

On Wednesday night at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest will receive the prestigious Philadelphia Award for their service to that city. Of course, folks at Washington and Lee are well aware of the Lenfests’ generosity. Among numerous acts of philanthrophy directed toward his alma mater, Gerry ’53, ’55L has established the Lenfest Challenge for Faculty Compensation. But to appreciate the scope of the Lenfests’ work, you need to read the feature story on them from Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. One quote in the story sums it up. Rebecca W. Rimel, president of the Pew Charitable Trusts is quoted as calling the Lenfests “philanthropic rock stars.”