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Judith Aronson, Regional Arts Commission Board Member, Dies at 84

The Washington University graduate supported the arts throughout the St. Louis area.

Long-time member Judith Spector Aronson died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. She was 84.

Aronson and her late husband, Adam Aronson, were active in the arts community for many years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Adam Aronson founded in Sunset Hills. Judith Aronson served on the Regional Arts Commission board from 1988 to 2009 and was its chairwoman from 1992 to 1996.

She also served on the Missouri Arts Council from 1981 to 1986, on President Bill Clinton's Presidential Advisory Committee on the Arts, and on committees and boards for the St. Louis Art Museum, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Jill McGuire, director of the Regional Arts Commission, told the Post that Aronson was her "mom" in the local arts community.


On the RAC's Facebook page McGuire said, “Judy was an amazing commissioner whose advice, wit and intelligence guided the Commission and contributed so much to its success. Her passion for and knowledge of the arts provided invaluable guidance for me for more than 20 years. She will be missed by many.”

According to the Post obit, Aronson was born in St. Louis, grew up in Clayton and graduated from in 1948.

Aronson served on the Clayton School Board from 1961 to 1967. She received a doctorate in education from Washington University in 1967 and taught courses at .

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. To read a full obituary, click here.

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