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Dr. and Mrs. Rosenthal, Longtime Supporters of UMMA, Give $100,000 Towards Expansion Project

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Dr. and Mrs. Rosenthal

In an extraordinary gesture of their sustained commitment to UMMA for more than twenty-five years, Dr. Amnon and Prudence L. Rosenthal have given $100,000 to the Museum’s capital campaign towards the Museum’s expansion and renovation project.

“Prue and Ami have been cherished members of the UMMA family for many years,” said UMMA Director James Steward. “This gift is a testament to their past, present, and future nurturing of this institution. We are enormously fortunate to have such informed and committed friends of the Museum.”

“This gift is about ensuring the longevity and vitality of the Museum. It needs to serve the community over the long run and we wanted to be a part of that,” said Mrs. Rosenthal. “James Steward has engaged all of us involved with the Museum at every stage of the building design process and we share in his excitement about this project.”

“This university and the Ann Arbor area deserve a first-class museum,” Mrs. Rosenthal continued. “We’ve known for years that this expansion is necessary. The Museum can’t grow until it has new space. It’s shocking it hasn’t happened before.”

Art played a prominent part in Mrs. Rosenthal’s upbringing in Philadelphia and Washington, and has been central to her life since. Her long association with UMMA began when she joined the docent corps shortly after she and her husband moved from Boston to Ann Arbor in 1977. She chaired the UMMA Council (now the Friends Board) during Evan Maurer’s tenure as director of the Museum in the 1980s and is a past chair of the docent program. Currently, she serves on the Museum’s National Advisory Board.

Mrs. Rosenthal has been active in many community organizations over the years, including the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County and University Musical Society (UMS). She currently serves as the chair of the UMS board.

Dr. Rosenthal stepped down as chairman of the pediatrics-cardiology department at the UM hospitals in 1999; he remains on the faculty of the medical school.

The Rosenthals, who reside in Ann Arbor, have three grown children and three grandchildren.