Dorothy Buffum Chandler, whose strength and determination were credited with revitalizing the cultural heritage of Los Angeles, died Sunday. She was 96.
Chandler was the wife for 50 years of the late Norman Chandler, third publisher of the Los Angeles Times. She was the mother of Otis Chandler, former publisher and chairman of the board of directors of The Times Mirror Co., and Camilla Chandler Frost, who is active on several cultural, educational and corporate boards.
Dorothy Chandler died of natural causes in a Hollywood rest home.
Her career in civic and public service, her business activities on behalf of Times Mirror and her influence on the cultural growth of Los Angeles spanned more than 40 years.
But the contribution for which Dorothy Chandler probably will be remembered longest is the Los Angeles County Music Center - a project that many believe saved a physically and culturally decaying downtown area.
The center includes the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the L.A. Opera and venue of the Academy Awards ceremonies for many years. It was named in her honor.