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Irene Diamond, Philanthropist, Is Dead at 92

January 23, 2003

Irene Diamond, 92, a major benefactor of the arts and medical research in New York City, died Tuesday at her home on Manhattan's upper East Side. At her death, she was president of the Irene Diamond Fund, which she established in 1994 to support, in particular, the performing arts and the fight against AIDS. The fund succeeded the Aaron Diamond Foundation, which she and her husband, a New York real estate developer, set up in the 1950s. In the 1980s, the couple decided to pay out that foundation's considerable wealth over 10 years. Mrs. Diamond remained in control of the foundation after her husband's death in 1984. Over the next decade, as planned, she oversaw the distribution of $220 million, with more than $50 million earmarked for the fight against AIDS. Among the foundation's top priorities was the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in New York, affiliated with Rockefeller University. Its director, Dr. David D. Ho, made crucial discoveries about the immune system's struggle with HIV. In 2001, she received the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. The Irene Diamond Fund will continue her work, said Executive Director Jane Silver.

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New York Times
01.23.03; Wolfgang Saxon



  
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