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Mortimer Sackler

In Henry VII's chapel Westminster Abbey is a small stained glass window for Dr Mortimer Sackler, physician and philanthropist, and his wife Theresa, generous donors to the Abbey's restoration appeal. It is by Alfred Fisher and was unveiled in 1995 on completion of the restoration of this chapel. The inscriptions are:

M & T Sackler family
Peace through Education

with various symbols reflecting his interests and the institutions he supported.

On the walls beside the steps up into this chapel are enamelled copper plates designed by Donald Buttress and painted by Kenneth Breese, 1999. One of these records the Sackler gift for the restoration, just giving their names. There are also plates to Robin Darling and to Christopher Mitchell, both UK Trustees for the Sackler Trust.

The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation and The Sackler Trust were also generous donors to the new Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the Abbey triforium. Two donor windows can be seen there.

Dr Sackler was born in Brooklyn, USA in 1916 and was an eminent physician and gave generously to many artistic, educational and other causes in London, Oxford and abroad. His third wife was Theresa and he died in 2010, having been created an Honorary Knight of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Field

Philanthropist; physician

Location

Lady Chapel; triforium

Memorial Type

Window

Material Type

Glass

Mortimer Sackler
Sackler donor window

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Mortimer Sackler
Sackler donor plaque

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Mortimer Sackler
Sackler window, triforium galleries

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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