Obituary: San Diego Symphony booster David Copley

Posted on: November 27, 2012

In Sunday’s (11/25) San Diego Union-Tribune, James Chute writes, “Helen Copley, former publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune, was close friends with Katharine Graham, the legendary publisher of The Washington Post. And during their visits, Copley’s son, David, became acquainted with Graham’s son, Donald. Although the two newspaper heirs were friendly, David Copley would complain that whenever he ran into the future CEO and chairman of The Washington Post Co., Graham only wanted to discuss newspapers. … David Copley, however, wanted to have a different conversation. He wanted to talk about trends in contemporary art, musical theater and film. … Copley, who died in a car crash after an apparent heart attack Tuesday 60 helped raise millions of dollars for the La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Symphony, the Museum of Photographic Arts and other San Diego arts institutions. … Parties at the Copley estate in La Jolla were thrown for the benefit of cultural organizations such as the Old Globe or the San Diego Symphony, which in recent years has worked to bolster its relationship with the individual whose family name is on the orchestra’s concert hall. ‘It was an amazing event,’ said the symphony’s director, Edward ‘Ward’ Gill, of a fundraiser at the family estate, where Copley again partnered with [Symphony supporters Joan and Irwin Jacobs]. … ‘It raised a half-million dollars for our educational programs.’ ”

Posted November 27, 2012