A prominent artist, philanthropist and animal lover Ednah Root died unexpectantly this week in her Stinson Beach home.
Ms. Root, who also had homes in San Francisco and Palm Springs, was a painter and a major donor for the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco. She had served on the board of directors for many years and established the Ednah Root Curatorship of American Painting.
Born in New York City, Ms. Root studied art in the 1930s at the Parsons’ School of Fine and Applied Arts, The Grand Central School of Art, the Art Students’ League and The New School.
Ms. Root’s paintings were displayed in museums and private galleries throughout the United States.
Ms. Root was also an avid animal lover and a close friend of Veterinarian Ray Deiter of Bolinas who rescues and doctors wild animals.
“Animals were her whole life,” Deiter said. She wanted her two dogs to remain living in her Stinson Beach home and arranged for her friend and live-in maid to continue living there, he said, as long as they are alive.