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Lasker, Mary

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role Collector Dealer/Gallery Scholar/Critic/Expert
dates 1900-1994
city New York City
stateNY
other citiesWatertown, WI;
gender F
historical notes Mary Woodard Lasker (1900-1994), civic worker and philanthropist, was a businesswoman prior to her second marriage in 1940 to the advertising executive and philanthropist, Albert Davis Lasker (1880-1952). She married the owner, art dealer Paul Reinhardt, in 1926-1934, and became a knowledgeable collector herself, eventually building one of the premier private art collections in the country.


With her help, Lasker re-ordered his life and priorities. Together they shared a life centering on philanthropic work. They founded the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation which gives awards in the fields of medical research and public health administration.

Mary Lasker had a strong interest in the arts, civic beautification, reproductive planning, dress design, and health issues, specifically cancer and heart disease. She was actively involved with the promotion and development of national bodies dealing with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, mental health, neurological disease, and blindness. She was an able and effective Washington lobbyist and knew many statesmen, legislators, artists, and scientific pioneers.

Lasker was decorated as a Chevalier Officer of the French Legion of Honor and, in 1969, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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of activity
1920-1930
1930-1940
1940-1950
1950-1960
1960-1970
1970-1980
1980-1990
websitehttp://www.laskerfoundation.org
updated 09/12/2019 15:30:36
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Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 6th Fl. East,
Mary Lasker Papers, 1940-1993. see details...
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 6th Fl. East,
Reminiscences of Mary Lasker: oral history, 1965. see details...
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 6th Fl. East,
Reminiscences of Mary Lasker : oral history, 1982. see details...
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 6th Fl. East,
Reminiscences of Mary Lasker see details...
Harvard Art Museum Archives
32 Quincy Street
Paul J. Sachs Papers, 1903-2005. see details...

see also:
Lasker, Albert Davis, 1880-1952
Reinhardt Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
Brody, Frances Lasker