Billionaire Leaves Art To 2 Pa. Museums, Including One In Philadelphia Area

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife wrote in a column two weeks before his death that art was one of the greatest joys of his life and one of his family’s most worthwhile philanthropies.

In his will, he left his own extensive art collection to two museums in Pennsylvania — the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art outside Philadelphia and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art near Pittsburgh.

He also left Brandywine a conservancy built on the grounds of his childhood home in western Pennsylvania and $15 million for its management.

Scaife was an heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune and owner of Trib Total Media, which includes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He died July 4 at the age of 82.

His paintings were largely by American artists. The total value is not known.

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