Jeff Beachell

Partner, Veritable LLP

Jeff Beachell has devoted his entire 20-plus-year career to advising families at Veritable, an owner-operated investment advisory firm. As a partner, he serves on the firm’s Executive, Investment and Operations Committees and he leads a six-person investment team. In addition to serving on the Lenfest Foundation Board and chairing its Finance Committee, he recently joined the board of trustees of his alma mater, Drexel University, where, as an undergraduate, he concentrated in economics and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in business administration.

Joseph Huber (Vice Chair)

Managing Director, Credit Suisse

Joseph Huber joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1978, was named managing director in 1982, and currently serves as chairman of Credit Suisse’s Pension Investment Committee. Previously, he was with White, Weld & Co. and Credit Suisse White Weld Ltd.; he also was a portfolio manager and advisor to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. He serves as a member of the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets, Inc. Working Group. He is a former governor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and former board member of Vanguard Charitable. In addition to serving on the Lenfest Foundation Board of Directors, he is currently a member of Vanguard’s Canadian Investment Review Committee and serves on the boards of the Lenfest Scholars Foundation (Chair), Foster Holdings, Mercersburg Academy, and Lower Merion Pension. Mr. Huber holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lafayette College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Keith Leaphart, D.O. (Chair)

President & CEO of Replica Creative

Keith Leaphart took over Replica Creative in 2009, converting a 30-year-old black-and-white print shop into one of the city’s leading design and print firms. Replica Creative is the first of its kind in the US to co-locate a café and design and print shop, fusing a highly creative environment with the creative economy. Dr. Leaphart served as an executive on loan from the Lenfest Foundation to the City of Philadelphia, assisting with the development and implementation of the City’s ex-offender reintegration strategy. He currently sits on the boards of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), Boys Latin Charter School, Philadelphia Media Network, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Science Center and the Lenfest Scholars Foundation. Dr. Leaphart attended Central High School and Hampton University, and ultimately completed a five-year dual D.O./M.B.A. program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Saint Joseph’s University, respectively.

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest

Founder

H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and on a farm north of Lambertville, in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Washington and Lee University, and Columbia Law School. He also served in the United States Navy aboard destroyers and retired with the rank of Captain. Following graduation from law school, he practiced law with the New York firm of Davis Polk before joining Triangle Publications, Inc., in Philadelphia, a large, privately owned communications company headed by Walter Annenberg, as associate counsel in 1965. Mr. Lenfest then became managing director of Triangle’s Communications Division, consisting of Seventeen magazine and cable television interests. At this time, he also served as editorial director and publisher of Seventeen and as president of the cable television companies. In 1974, Mr. Lenfest formed Lenfest Communications, Inc., having purchased Suburban Cable TV Company and Lebanon Valley Cable TV Company from Triangle with two partners. The company grew to become one of the top cable television companies in the United States, with over 1.2 million subscribers, as well as interests in France and Australia. In January 2000, Mr. Lenfest entered into a transaction by which the ownership in the cable television operations of Lenfest Communications was transferred to Comcast Corporation. He and his wife, Marguerite, founded the Lenfest Foundation in 2000.

Marguerite Lenfest (President)

Founder

Marguerite Lenfest, born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, grew up in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia and graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1951. She met her future husband, H. F. (“Gerry”) Lenfest and the couple were married while Gerry was serving in the Navy. Mrs. Lenfest earned a B.A. in psychology from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1955. Living in New York City after their marriage, she worked for six years as an elementary school teacher on Long Island and in Manhattan. Her passion for children led her to serve on the Board of Directors for the Jenkintown Day Nursery, and she has since served on countless boards for museums and other cultural organizations throughout the Philadelphia area. The Lenfests’ three children and four grandchildren all live in the Philadelphia area.

Grahame Richards (Secretary)

Consultant

Grahame Richards, Jr. practiced law in Philadelphia for 30 years before joining the Lenfest Foundation to help the Lenfests with their family foundations. He has been a partner with Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel and at Mylotte, David & Fitzpatrick, where his trust and estate practice included federal income, gift and estate taxation; estate planning; charitable dispositions and deferred giving; foundations; and charitable institutions. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. Mr. Richards is a past chairman of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a former member of the Association’s Board of Governors. While practicing law, he continued his service in the Navy and the Naval Reserves, retiring as a U.S. Navy Captain. He has served as regional and national vice-president of the American Heart Association and as a member of its National Board of Directors.

Joy Tartar (Treasurer)

Chief Financial Officer, The Lenfest Group

Joy Tartar, CPA, has been the chief financial officer for the Lenfest Group, LLC, since January 2000. From January 1996 through December 1999, she was the vice president of finance for Radius Communications, a cable advertising and sales company serving the Greater Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, areas, and a former subsidiary of Lenfest Communications, Inc. From January 1994 through December 1995, Ms. Tartar was the controller for Starnet, Inc., a national satellite distributor of cable programming and digital video, and a former subsidiary of Lenfest Communications, Inc. She has been a director of TelVue Corp. since 2001.

 Photo: M. Fischetti

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest | 1930-2018

Philadelphia lost a civic giant with the passing of H.F. Gerry Lenfest, who died August 5, 2018, at the age of 88. Reflecting on his life and legacy, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the Philadelphia of today without the incomparable leadership and largesse of Gerry Lenfest. The businessman and entrepreneur turned philanthropist extraordinaire ranks among the city’s most highly-respected and influential civic leaders, and the philanthropic path he blazed with his wife Marguerite will certainly have a profound impact on the fabric of our city for decades to come.

The Lenfests became wealthy from the sale of their cable business in 2000, and were among a new breed of donors whose mission was to give away the vast majority of their fortune during their lifetime.  In less than 20 years, the couple‘s giving has exceeded $1.3 billion. While the Lenfest’s philanthropy touched on a range of issues, Gerry is perhaps best known in Philadelphia for his financial support and leadership of some of the city’s major arts and cultural institutions, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis Institute of Music, The Barnes Foundation, and the Museum of the American Revolution. His giving also made headlines recently when he purchased Philadelphia Media Network (owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and Philly.com) and donated it to a newly-created nonprofit, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the first-of-its-kind organization dedicated to developing and supporting sustainable business models for great local journalism. 

Last year the Lenfests joined a distinguished roster of donors to be honored with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. The award citation noted their innate modesty and hailed them for embodying the essence of generosity, altruism, and dedication to the common good.

 

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