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Minda Bronfman de Gunzburg

Aileen Mindel (Minda) Bronfman de Gunzburg, philanthropist (born 4 March 1925 in Montreal, QC; died 1 July 1985 in Paris, France).

Minda Bronfman was the eldest daughter of Samuel Bronfman and Saidye Rosner Bronfman. She attended Smith College (Northampton, MA) and graduated from Columbia University (New York, NY) with a master’s degree in history and political science.

After university, she worked as a researcher with Time magazine. She later worked for the Wall Street investment firm Lehman Brothers. In 1953, she married businessman Alain de Gunzburg, a Harvard University graduate and heir to a French barony. They settled in Paris, where she founded the Association for the Support and Diffusion of Art (ASDA). The international foundation supported research in the arts and hosted annual conferences for art historians. Like her parents, Minda was active in many philanthropic organizations.

She died from liver cancer in 1985. In her memory, her sons, Jean and Charles, donated $10 million to the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. It was renamed the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies in 1986.

See also Bronfman Family.

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