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Vale Lena Karmel

Words from Emeritus Professor David Williams AM

Mrs Lena Karmel provided significant support for the ANU and especially the Schools of Art and Music students and staff who were part of the Institute of the Arts (1988-2004).

Lena Karmel and former ANU Vice Chancellor (1982-87) Professor Peter Karmel (1922-2008) were enthusiastic visual arts and music supporters and generous patrons. They regularly attended concerts and exhibitions acquiring work for their extensive art collection.

Lena had a particular interest in the glass work produced in the School of Art Glass Workshop. In the ANU Jubilee Year 1996, Peter and Lena very generously endowed the Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Scholarship for outstanding graduating students each year in music and art. In 2014, a Kingsley Street student accommodation building was named in honour of Lena Karmel.

For ANU, the Karmels have left a significant philanthropic legacy.

Lena died peacefully on Saturday afternoon. She was 94 years old.

Image: Lena Karmel and David Williams at the opening of the Lena Karmel Lodge. Photograph: Stuart Hay

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