sfai news

July 26, 2011

SFAI Remembers Trustee Emeritus Donald Magnin

It is with great sadness that the San Francisco Art Institute acknowledges the passing of Donald Magnin, a Trustee Emeritus and a longtime supporter of the school, on July 13, 2011, following a battle with cancer.

In his more than three-decade involvement with the San Francisco Art Institute, Donald was known for his commitment, business acumen, and style. He worked for much of his career at Joseph Magnin Co., the San Francisco-based retailer of women's fashion founded by his grandfather, and throughout his life merged his passions for art, design, and business. At the San Francisco Art Institute, Donald served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees, where he chaired the Development Committee and the Finance Committee. He was honored as a Trustee Emeritus in 2001.

The son of “Mr. San Francisco” Cyril Magnin, who was known as a tireless patron of the arts, Donald was similarly a civic leader in the Bay Area. In addition to his work with the San Francisco Art Institute, he served 21 years on the San Francisco Parking Authority, and the Performing Arts Garage near the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is dedicated in his name. His wife Elaine Magnin, who died in 2001, was an active philanthropist who led efforts to support the Northern California Cancer Center, and was also a longtime Chair of the Women's Council and a Trustee Emeritus of the San Francisco Art Institute.

The San Francisco Art Institute community extends its condolences to the Magnin family, and we thank them for their generosity and support throughout the years.