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Answer the call!

Making unrestricted bequests to Carnegie Institute was a natural outgrowth of the Fishers’ lifetime commitment to community service.

Whenever Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has called, Jim and Edith “Toto” Fisher have answered.For over 30 years, the Fishers have freely given their time and formidable talents to the museums.

Jim, who had a 40-year career with Fisher Scientific, is a trustee emeritus and a member of the Museum of Art and Science Center Boards and the Institute's Buildings and Grounds, Development, and Finance Committees.As a longtime Institute vice president, he played a key role in two capital campaigns. 

Toto, a former teacher, is a past president of the Museum of Art Women’s Committee and co-founder of the museum’s highly respected docent program. A life trustee, she serves on the Museum of Art Board, the Museum of Art and Institute Development Committees, and chairs the Museum of Art Strategic Planning Committee.

Jim and Toto were instrumental in establishing The Andy Warhol Museum.

The Fishers' deep commitment to community service extends far beyond Carnegie Museums.Toto is on the Executive Committee of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Board of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.Earlier this year, she received the YWCA Allerton Award for Lifetime Achievement.Jim has served as a trustee of his alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy.

Making unrestricted bequests to Carnegie Institute was a natural outgrowth of the Fishers’ lifetime commitment to community service.Toto observes, “Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh offer a unique, irreplaceable cultural resource.A planned gift ensures that the museums will enrich the lives of future generations.”

Jim, who has always been an ardent supporter of planned giving at Carnegie Museums, adds, "Anyone who loves the arts and sciences should consider making a planned gift to Carnegie Museums.With one gift, you provide permanent support for four outstanding museums and Carnegie Music Hall.We bring the wonders of the world to Pittsburgh. 

Jim and Toto note that planned giving also can help you to accomplish important personal financial goals, such as reducing taxes on transfer of assets to heirs, establishing a steady income stream, and other benefits. 

By virtue of their bequests, Jim and Toto are charter members of The Cornice Society that recognizes those who have made planned gifts to Carnegie Museums.To become a charter member, notify Sally Davoren, 578-2478, of your planned gift before December 31.

Roman Spring

Late March 2001 

Visit southern Italy in the early springtime with Thomas Sokolowski, director of The Andy Warhol Museum.According to Sokolowski, you’ll see the remnants of many classical civilizations, including Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Minoan, in the southern “kingdom of the two Sicilys”: Sicily and Naples, which have been conjoined since the sixteenth century.You’ll also tour Rome, observing its multi-layered history and culture from the classical period through the post-modern period.

Says Sokolowski, “Travelers will be privy to an extraordinary view of the epochs of Mediterranean civilization in the southern ‘boot’ of Italy.”Some of the planned highlights of the trip will be a visit with an Italian prince in his palace, a tour of a Neopolitan chapel that has never before been open to the public, and a tour of private Vatican storerooms.
For more information about this and other Carnegie Museums trips scheduled for 2001, please see magazine.


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