Cooper Hewitt Donor Pulls $5 Million Gift to Protest Director’s Ouster

Cooper Hewitt Donor Pulls $5 Million Gift to Protest Director’s Ouster

The New York Times-NY·2020-02-28 16:42

A philanthropist who quit the board of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to protest the termination of its director said on Thursday that she was also rescinding her $5 million bequest to the Upper East Side institution.

Judy Francis Zankel, who resigned as secretary of the board after Caroline Baumann was forced out by the Smithsonian, sent an email to Lonnie G. Bunch III, the top official, notifying him that she was cutting the Cooper Hewitt out of her will.

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