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Philanthropist Brooke Astor Dead at 105

Socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor has died of pneumonia after suffering for several years with dementia. Astor, who was born in 1902, was often called the First Lady of New York.

"Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were the beneficiaries of Mrs Astor’s good will and kind nature, many unaware of the origins of the donations. Her contributions reached a wide variety of causes; The New York Public Library, and the entire city, would not be what they are today without her gracious support."

Brooke Astor, First Lady of New York, dies at 105

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