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H.f. Gerry Lenfest
series: Drexel Interview
air date: 5/09/13 11:00 AM
This episode of the The Drexel InterView centers on media entrepreneur and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest. Gerry Lenfest is considered one of the contemporary founding fathers of Philadelphia. As the Chairman of The American Revolution Center and a significant philanthropic voice of The Museum of the American Revolution scheduled to open near Independence Mall in 2015, Lenfest continues to expand a career legacy as diverse as it is prolific. At an early age, Lenfest worked on his family's farm and served his country in the United States Navy before going on to practice corporate law. In the 1970s, he emerged as an important media entrepreneur in the developing area of cable television. He sold Lenfest Communications to the Comcast Corporation in 2000, and devoted himself to philanthropic and arts organizations throughout the country and the world. Lenfest recently received the Legion of Honor from the French government. In Philadelphia, he has been a benefactor to The Barnes Foundation, The Center for Art in Wood, Lenfest Plaza at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The Museum of the American Revolution among other projects.
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