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Strauss, Margery Joan

Female 1919 - 2004  (84 years)


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  • Name Strauss, Margery Joan  [1
    Born 16 Aug 1919  Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    _UID E271C2C2BADF445BB7581DE41A6CA7FC4895 
    Died 7 Apr 2004  Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I8445  My Family Tree | Weiss Lang Family Branch
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2017 

    Father Strauss, Dr. Alfred Adolf,   b. 5 Mar 1881, Hardheim, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1971, Riverside County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Grunsfeld, Hilda N.,   b. 6 Jul 1893, Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1978, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 27 Mar 1917  Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F2036  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Friedlander, Paul Singerman,   b. 9 Jul 1912, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1994, Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 28 May 1938  Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Friedlander, Paul S. Jr.
    +2. Friedlander, John Louis
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F2470  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Seattle Times, The (WA) - Sunday, May 9, 2004
      Deceased Name: Margery Friedlander, 85, nourished arts groups
      A memorial service for Margery Strauss Friedlander, whose generosity over the years nourished numerous Seattle arts organizations, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on Capitol Hill.
      Mrs. Friedlander, 85, died here April 7 after a long illness. She was a prominent Seattle arts patron and the widow of Paul Friedlander, a civic leader and former Port of Seattle commissioner.
      Along with her husband, Mrs. Friedlander helped establish Poncho, the Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations. Paul Friedlander was the organization's first president, and Mrs. Friedlander remained a lifetime director until her death. Poncho, which has raised millions of dollars to support the arts, has been called a national model for cultural galas.
      "She was one of the most generous and important arts activists over the last 30 to 35 years," said Dick Friel, a longtime Poncho board member.
      "When you say arts in the Northwest, you're saying Margery Friedlander," he said. "She was totally woven into the fabric of the arts community."
      The organization paid tribute to Mrs. Friedlander last night at its annual gala fund-raiser.
      Mrs. Friedlander also was a Seattle Art Museum trustee for 18 years, and had served as a museum regent, chairing many events for the museum and playing a significant leadership role in the development of the museum's membership programs.
      She was a Pacific Northwest Ballet board member from its establishment in 1975 until 1990, when she became a PNB board of governors life fellow.
      Born in Chicago, she had attended the University of Washington. Longing for the excitement of the arts that she had left behind in Chicago, family members said Mrs. Friedlander made it her lifetime commitment and passion to help create and sustain a vibrant arts community in Seattle.
      Family members also said she helped establish or organize several local charitable and philanthropic endeavors.
      She and her husband, a member of the Friedlander family that for decades had owned jewelry stores in the state, were married 57 years. He died in 1994 at age 81.
      Family members said Mrs. Friedlander had a keen interest in medicine and science. She funded the Strauss Chair at the University of Washington's medical school and an annual lecture series in honor of her father, Dr. Alfred Strauss, after his death. He was a surgeon who graduated from the UW.
      Mrs. Friedlander was a founding member in 1978 of the Seattle Chapter of ARCS, (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), an organization that raises money to fund fellowships for graduate students in science and medicine at the UW and Washington State University.
      She is survived by two sons, Paul Friedlander Jr. and his wife, Laurie Friedlander, and John Friedlander and his wife, Barbara Cahill, of Seattle; three grandchildren and a great-grandson..

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      Margery Strauss FRIEDLANDER Margery S. Friedlander died peacefully in her sleep on April 7, 2004 after a long illness. Margery was born on August 16, 1919 in Chicago to Hilda and Dr. Alfred Strauss. She was raised in Chicago and attended the University of Washington. She married Paul S. Friedlander of the pioneer jewelry family on May 26, 1938 at the age of 18 and moved to Seattle. In 1938, she found Seattle a sleepy town, and longed for the excitement of the arts that she had left behind in Chicago. She made it her lifetime commitment and passion to help create and sustain the vibrant arts community that one finds in Seattle today. Margery loved the arts, of which she was a significant supporter and helped found or spearhead a myriad of local charitable and philanthropic institutions. Margery was passionate about the Seattle Art Museum serving on the Board of Trustees for 18 years. She was also a Regent, playing a significant leadership role in the development of the Seattle Art Museum's upper level membership programs. With great elegance, creativity and enthusiasm she chaired many spectacular events for the Museum over the past several decades and helped design many of the membership programs still offered today. Margery was preceded in death by her husband Paul to whom she was married for 57 years. They loved entertaining and together generously hosted numerous civic, political, or fundraising events and galas at their lakefront home during their marriage. Together with Paul she helped found PONCHO and was a lifetime director until her death. She served on the Pacific Northwest Ballet Board from it's inception in 1975 until 1990 when she became a Board of Governors Life Fellow. Margery adored her father who was a famous surgeon and as a consequence, she had a keen interest in Medicine and Science. She funded the Strauss Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington and a prominent annual lecture series:(The Strauss Lectures) in his honor after his death She was a founding member of the Seattle Chapter of ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) in 1978.This organization raises money to fund fellowships for graduate students in science and medicine at the University of Washington and Washington State. She held many board positions over the years, spearheaded its' endowment fund, and was an active member until recent years. She held memberships in the Seattle Tennis Club, Washington Athletic Club, Tamarisk Country Club (Rancho Mirage, CA) and The Springs Club (Rancho Mirage, CA) and belonged to Temple De Hirsch Sinai. She maintained a residence in Rancho Mirage and supported many desert charities. She enjoyed playing tennis, bridge, and backgammon with her friends and family. She adored her three grandchildren. Margery is survived by her sons, Paul S. Friedlander Jr. (Laurie) and John L. Friedlander (Barbara Cahill), her grandchildren, Lara Mattatia (Julian), Benjamin Friedlander and Samuel Friedlander, and her great grandson Jake Mattatia of Melbourne, Australia.

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