Enid A. Haupt, a distinguished magazine publisher and editor, skilled horticulturist, and renowned philanthropist whose generosity benefited numerous botanical programs and institutions, died on October 25, 2005, at her home in Greenwich, CT. She was 99 years old.1
Mrs. Haupt’s devotion to the importance of nature, beauty, and life led her to support horticultural institutions, museums, and hospitals. A major recipient of Mrs. Haupt’s generosity was The New York Botanical Garden. According to an obituary in the New York Times, Mrs. Haupt donated more than $34 million to the Botanical Garden over the years, helping to restore the landmark glass-domed Victorian Conservatory, which was renamed the “Enid A. Haupt Conservatory” in her honor.
The many gifts given by Mrs. Haupt during her lifetime included a $1 million piece of property to the American Horticultural Society for use as its national headquarters. Other beneficiaries of Mrs. Haupt’s charitable donations include the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Horticultural Society of New York, the National Wildflower Research Center in Austin, TX, and the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Michael J. Balick, PhD, director and philecology curator of The New York Botanical Garden Institute of Economic Botany and American Botanical Council Board of Trustee, noted that, “Mrs. Haupt was an important member of The New York Botanical Garden family. She had the vision to rescue the great Conservatory from demolition in the mid-1970s through her generous support for the renovation and ultimate endowment of this unique facility. Following its restoration, she would take great joy in visiting, often sitting in one of the Conservatory’s galleries, watching the reactions of the visitors. Her legacy can be found throughout the United States at many prominent institutions, where she will continue to introduce the wonder and beauty of nature to future generations” (written communication, December 2005).
Enid A. Haupt was born in 1906 to Sadie and Moses L. Annenberg. Mr. Annenberg was a prominent publisher who founded Triangle Publications, which included TV Guide and various newspapers, as well as television and radio stations. She was the fourth of the Annenbergs’ 8 children, all of whom later participated in philanthropic activities.1
Mrs. Haupt’s journalistic career began at The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of her father’s newspapers. During World War II, she wrote and broadcast for the Office of War Information and in 1954 was named publisher of Seventeen, another family holding. She served as the magazine’s publisher and later as editor for 17 years. She also wrote 4 books for girls, offering advice on young living and etiquette.
She was married to Ira Haupt, the founder and senior partner in a Wall Street security concern, from 1936 until his death in 1963. She was similarly the last of her siblings to survive.
1. Nemy E. Enid A. Haupt, philanthropist, dies at 99. New York Times. October 27, 2005:A:29.