H. F. (Gerry) & Marguerite Lenfest
Gerry Lenfest practiced law with the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell and Marguerite Lenfest taught elementary school in Manhattan and on Long Island. Mr. Lenfest moved from the law to publishing and, ultimately, to cable television and communications, a journey culminating in the creation of Lenfest Communications. Growing into the 12th largest cable television company in the nation, Lenfest Communications was sold to Comcast Corporation in 2000. After the sale of their company, the Lenfests decided to devote their total wealth to philanthropic causes during their lifetimes. The Lenfests have continued to support the schools they attended as well as other philanthropic causes, primarily in the Philadelphia area.
Mr. Lenfest is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and Columbia Law School. He has served on a number of boards of trustees, including those of Columbia University, Washington and Lee University, Temple University (chair, executive committee), and Mercersburg Academy (president). The recipient of many honors and eight honorary doctorates, Mr. Lenfest has chaired the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Curtis Institute of Music, the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Museum of the American Revolution, and the Lenfest Institute of Journalism.