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Dorothy Chandler
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Philanthropist
    (May 19, 1901-July 6, 1997)
    Born in La Fayette, Illinois
    Birth name was Dorothy Mae Buffum
    Nicknamed ‘Buff’
    Married publishing heir Norman Chandler
    Regent of the University of California
    Board member of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
    Organized fundraisers that raised $20 million for building the Los Angeles Music Center
    Namesake for the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center
    She dropped out of college to get married.
    She was given the title of administrative assistant to the president of the Times Mirror Company; the president happened to be her husband.
    At the opening of the Music Center, Bob Hope joked about her tenacity, ‘Just think, all the money for this beautiful center was raised by voluntary contributions--voluntary, that is, when Buff stopped twisting your arm so you could sign the check.’
    She was married to Norman Chandler for 51 years.
    She insisted that the Music Center host free concerts for children.
    Mayor Tom Bradley called her ‘a giant in the cultural life of Los Angeles.’
    She was a member of the first group of recipients of the National Medal of the Arts (1985).

Credit: C. Fishel


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