Bluma Appel, OC OOnt (September 4, 1919 – July 15, 2007) was a Canadian philanthropist and patron of the arts.

Bluma Appel
Appel in December 2000
Born(1919-09-04)September 4, 1919
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedJuly 15, 2007(2007-07-15) (aged 87)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

She was born the daughter of Russian émigrés who left Czarist Russia around 1905. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, she was the founder of CANFAR, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.

Bluma married the Montreal chartered accountant Bram Appel on July 11, 1940. It was Bram's subsequent success in business which afforded Bluma the opportunity to engage in serious philanthropic activity: in 1946 he co-founded Pall Corporation.

In 1979, she ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate for the House of Commons of Canada in the riding of Nepean—Carleton. She lost to Walter Baker.

She was a major supporter of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, which named one of its theatres in her honour in March 1983 after she made a donation to help renovate the 876-seat theatre where the Canadian Stage Company (CanStage) performs. She was also a significant force behind Opera Atelier. In June 2005, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts gave Ms. Appel an honorary Dora Mavor Moore Award "for her exceptional and lifelong dedication" to the performing arts in Canada. She is memorialized at The Canadian Stage Company's Bluma Appel Theatre in perpetuity.

Four days after celebrating her 67th wedding anniversary, Appel lost her brief battle with lung cancer and died in a hospital in Toronto, aged 86. She was buried at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, north of Toronto. Bram Appel died October 8, 2007. They are survived by their two sons David (born 1941) and Mark (born 1944), and five grandchildren.

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External linksEdit

  • "Honorary Dora awarded to Bluma Appel". Archived from the original on May 7, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2005.
  • "Philanthropist Bluma Appel among honorary degree recipients". Archived from the original on June 8, 2006. Retrieved June 14, 2006.
  • "Cancer claims arts patron Bluma Appel, 86". 16 July 2007. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2007.
  • Globe and Mail Obituary
  • Bluma Appel at Find a Grave