Lenore G. Chandler; Pioneer Los Angeles Philanthropist, 97

Lenore Gantt Chandler, a pioneer Los Angeles philanthropist whose largess included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Music Center, to which she was an original contributor, has died.

A native of Texas, she was 97 and her death Saturday was attributed to her advanced age.

Widow of Ralph J. Chandler, a shipping executive who also was a nephew of Harry Chandler, second publisher of The Times, she had lived primarily in the Hancock Park area since her marriage in 1921. The Chandlers had two sons. Ralph II died in service during World War II, while Andrew Chandler survives her. She also leaves two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Ralph Chandler, son of Harry Chandler’s brother, Fred, died in 1966.


Services will be private.