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Suzanne F. Cohen, donor and advocate for the Baltimore Museum of Art, health and education initiatives, dies

Suzanne F. Cohen, donor and advocate for the Baltimore Museum of Art, health and education initiatives, dies

Suzanne F. Cohen, a former board chair of the Baltimore Museum of Art who championed its free admissions policy, died of cancer Tuesday at her North Baltimore home. She was 83.

In 2005 she donated $2 million to the museum. Half was earmarked for the free-admission program, the other half for exhibitions of contemporary art.

“Suzanne had a sense of social equity long before it became the chic thing to do,” said Doreen Bolger, former BMA director. “Her insistence at free admission propelled the museum to be more engaged with the community.”

Ms. Cohen was a donor to other institutions, including the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Johns Hopkins University, and aided...

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