Judith Spector Aronson; Member of Regional Arts Commission, 'Driving Force' for Laumeier; OBITUARIES

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Judith Spector Aronson; Member of Regional Arts Commission, 'Driving Force' for Laumeier; OBITUARIES


Tim O'neil, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Judith Spector Aronson, a member of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission for 21 years, a patron of local artists and an educator, died Monday (Aug. 27, 2012) of lung cancer at her home in St. Louis. She was 84.

Mrs. Aronson and her late husband, Adam Aronson, were active in the local arts community for many years. Mr. Aronson, a banker who died in 2006, founded Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills in 1976. Mrs. Aronson served on the Regional Arts Commission board from 1988 to 2009 and was its chairwoman from 1992 to 1996.

She also served on the Missouri Arts Council from 1981 to 1986, on President Bill Clinton's Presidential Advisory Committee on the Arts, and on committees and boards for the St. Louis Art Museum, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Laumeier Sculpture Park.

After her husband's death, Mrs. Aronson was the "driving force" for Laumeier, said its board chairman, John Wuest. She worked with art students through the Aronson Graduate Internships for Contemporary Art at the St. Louis Art Museum and the Aronson Endowed Professorship of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Jill McGuire, director of the Regional Arts Commission, referred to Mrs. Aronson as her "mom" in the local arts community.

"She was generous to so many," McGuire said. …

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