Jane Walentas was a woman of many layers. She was an accomplished artist whose quiet, thoughtful manner disguised an inner core of grit and determination. When she died July 5 in her Southampton, New York,home, following a fight with cancer, she passed on a legacy as a discerning philanthropist who made it possible for others to achieve success and experience the exhilarating beauty of art.

In October, she and her husband, David, made a landmark gift of $100 million to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia that will fund scholarships quality wigs for first-generation students at

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