When a great man dies, he is remembered fondly by many and mourned even by those whom he does not know.
H.F.Lenfest is one such great man. Lenfest was a businessman who was also a generous philanthropist. The great man died at the age of 88, on Sunday in his favorite city, Philadelphia.
Lenfest has donated a very large amount of money to many educational institutions and towards journalism, which is said to be ranging to around hundreds of millions of dollars.
Gerry, as he was also known as, was pronounced dead by Fred Stein, when he was taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Centre. He died due to many chronic diseases that were quite complicated.
Lenfest and Marguerite, his wife, had made a huge amount by selling their company to Comcast, many years back in 2000. They had sold Suburban Cable to Comcast for $1.2 billion. Of this amount, they had very generously donated almost the entire amount, which was $1.1 billion to the company.
He had always been supportive of community services by public institutions and had donated much to them. Some of them like Columbia University, Philadelphia Art Museum are his beneficiaries, says the Lenfest Institute of Journalism. The Institute further adds that he has contributed to the Museum of the American Revolution, the Barnes Foundation found in Philadelphia and to the Lenfest College Scholars.
Lenfest has also acquired a name for himself when he went on a stint in journalism in 2012. This was a time when circulation of daily newspapers was lowering down drastically. Further revenue from advertising was also very low.
It was a time when any source of income was welcomed and Lenfest made generous gestures during this tenure.
Philadelphia will remember Lenfest, for his love towards the city and his generous contributions to uplift it. He is a great citizen that the city has lost, says the former Philadelphia mayor, Ed Rendell.
Noura Clack is a seasoned journalist with nearly 15 years experience. While studying journalism at Minot State University, Noura found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to Lake View Gazette, Noura mostly covers human interest pieces.