Lily Auchincloss

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Lily Auchincloss
Born April 5, 1922
Newark, New Jersey
Died June 6, 1996
Nationality American
Education Radcliffe College
Occupation Journalist, philanthropist, art collector
Spouse(s) Douglas Auchincloss
Parents Arnold Louis van Ameringen
Hedwig Adele van Ameringen

Lily Auchincloss (April 5, 1922 – June 6, 1996) was an American journalist, philanthropist, and art collector.

Early life[edit]

Lily Auchincloss was born in 1922 in Newark, New Jersey. Her father, Arnold Louis van Ameringen was the a founder and later chairman of International Flavors and Fragrances and her mother was philanthropist Hedwig Adele van Ameringen (née Pfaltz).[1] She attended Radcliffe College and graduated cum laude in 1944. While at Radcliffe, she met Philip Johnson and Marcel Breuer, who helped instill her interest in architecture and design.


After graduation, she worked in New York City as a writer and editor. She worked at Look, World Telegram, New York Herald Tribune, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar and McCall's.


She was a noted philanthropist. She supported institutions and organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the American Academy in Rome. She became a trustee at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1971 and served on numerous committees at the museum including painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, illustrated books and architecture and design. She financed exhibitions about Frank Lloyd Wright, Rem Koolhaus, Cy Twombly and Louis I. Kahn. MoMA named the Lily Auchincloss Center for Architecture and Design after her, in 1994.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She married Douglas Auchincloss in 1956. The couple divorced in 1979.[2] In 1980, she was inducted into the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame.[3]

Death and legacy[edit]

She died of cancer in Manhattan.[2] The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., is a New York City non-profit grantmaking foundation.[4]


  1. ^ "H. van Ameringen, Philanthropist, 95". The New York Times. 6 May 1996. 
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Roberta (8 June 1996). "Lily Auchincloss, 74, Trustee At the Museum of Modern Art". New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "The International Hall of Fame: Women". Culture. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "About & Mission". Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 16 May 2012.