Dorothy Buffum Chandler, Los Angeles philanthropist who lent her name to the large concert hall that serves as one of the anchors of the downtown Music Center, died Sunday. She was 96.
Chandler was a patroness of culture, who helped save the financially troubled Hollywood Bowl in the 1950s, served as chairwoman of the Amazing Blue Ribbon fundraising org of the Music Center and was honorary life chairwoman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn.
Though her cultural patronage was extensive, most Angelenos — and worldwide TV viewers — know her as the namesake of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, frequent home to the Oscars.
She was the wife of Norman Chandler, Los Angeles Times publisher from 1944-60, and mother of Otis Chandler, Times publisher from 1960-80.
“Dorothy Chandler’s contributions to institutions of Los Angeles, especially the cultural institutions, can hardly be overestimated,” Times publisher Richard Schlosberg III said in a statement.
“She was a moving force behind the Music Center, a pioneer in the recognition of women’s achievements and an important figure in the history of the Los Angeles Times,” he said.
“This is a sad day for Los Angeles,” Mayor Richard Riordan said Sunday. “Dorothy Chandler was an outstanding figure in the history of the City of Angels.”