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May 15, 2004

Rita Fraad

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Rita Fraad, an art collector who lent works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art and other museums and galleries, has died, her daughter said. She was 88.

Fraad, who collected 19th and 20th century works by such American greats as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper, died Sunday of cardiac arrest, daughter Sara F. Henderson said.

She frequently gave pieces to Smith College, from which she graduated in 1937, and was a member of an advisory board to the school’s renowned art museum until last year.

Part of her collection was shown at Smith in a 1988 exhibition, ``Realism Today,″ and she established an endowment for American art at the school.

Fraad sat on the visiting committee on American art and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was also a trustee of the Archives of American Art, a division of the Smithsonian Institute that catalogues the records and papers of American artists, critics, art historians and museums.

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