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In Memory of Anna-Marie Kellen, Longtime Supporter of Parsons School of Design

The New School mourns the loss of Anna-Maria Kellen, a devoted philanthropist and longtime supporter of Parsons School of Design whose generous gifts led to the establishment of the school’s Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Auditorium, and Archives.

A Parsons Board of Governor and subsequently an honorary member of the Board since 1979, Kellen offered her support to nonprofit cultural institutions, educational centers, and health-related charities through her namesake foundation. In 1997, then New York City Mayor Ed Koch awarded Kellen and her husband, Stephen, the Spirit of the City Award in recognition of their enormous commitment to cultural enlightenment in New York City.

The New School offers its condolences to her daughter, Marina Kellen French, and her son, Michael M. Kellen, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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