Lily Sieff

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Lily Sieff (died in 1997)

"At the time of her death she was the Chairman of the British Friends of the Art Museum of Israel, a trustee of the British Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, on the Council of the Institute of Jewish Affairs, a member of the Executive of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council of Great Britain, on the Management Committee of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and one of the leading spirits of Wizo (the World Zionist Organisation), where she served as trustee, patron, and in many executive positions for its various activities...

"Lily's first husband was Martin Moretzki, the son of close family friends in Poland who had also escaped to Israel. They married in 1954 and lived in Montreal and London until his death from cancer in 1958. Five years later she married, as his fourth wife, Marcus Sieff (now Lord Sieff of Brimpton and for many years the governing spirit of Marks and Spencer); and a new life began for her in London. Lily stood alongside Marcus in all phases of his work and they shared all interests of concern in British business, Jewish and cultural life. She worked with great diligence for the Weizmann Institute in Israel, which recently honoured her with a place on their board..."[1]

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  1. Lily Sieff, organizational web page, accessed May 11, 2012.