THE ICON: Edith Stern
THE LEGACY: She was born well-to-do, the daughter of a part-owner of Sears-Roebuck, and so Edith Rosenwald Stern enjoyed opportunity early — but that didn’t make her lazy. For her, civic betterment was an all-consuming passion, something instilled in her by her philanthropist father. And so, in addition to raising three children, she became active in local political and civic groups, and donated millions to various causes through the family-run Stern Fund. The Times-Picayune honored her with its annual Loving Cup for 1964 — an award won by her husband, Edgar Stern, for his work in 1930 — but the real reward for her: the knowledge that she was leaving behind a better New Orleans.
THE ARTIST: Saegan Swanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “Money is wasted on many people. Our families always regarded wealth as a trust to be invested judiciously in humanity.” — Edith Rosenwald Stern