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Leila Hadley Luce (right) with NYC public advocate Betsy Gotbaum at the New-York Historical Society, 2006
Photo courtesy New York Social Diary

by Charlie Finch

One of the great ladies of New York and a major supporter of the visual arts here, Leila Hadley Luce, died on Feb. 10. In recent years neither her companion oxygen tank, to fight the emphysema which ultimately laid her low, nor a scurrilous profile in Vanity Fair could dampen or deny her indomitable spirit.