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August 18, 2015

Obituary: Susan Newhouse, N.Y. Philanthropist and Socialite

Susan Newhouse, a fixture in New York City's social and giving sets and longtime leader of the Fresh Air Fund, died Thursday at the age of 80 at her home in Manhattan, reports The New York Times. Ms. Newhouse's husband, publishing mogul Donald Newhouse, said she suffered from frontotemporal dementia and acute anemia.

Ms. Newhouse served from 1987 to 2011 as chairwoman of the board of the Fresh Air Fund, which provides poor city children with trips to upstate summer camp and vacations with rural host families. She was also a trustee of the New York Public Library, where she started a lecture series featuring major literary figures such as Toni Morrison and Tom Wolfe and organized fundraisers that brought together wealthy patrons and prominent writers and publishers.