Victor Ceil Victor, 89, was a unique and exceptional dynamo. Throughout her long life she was a generous and enthusiastic supporter of the arts and education. A season ticket holder at Minnesota Opera, Guthrie and Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, she was always present wearing a hat and a smile. Ceil was a passionate and generous supporter of Minnesota Opera, the University of Minnesota Music Department, Weisman Art Museum, WAMSO and other arts and music organizations. She volunteered at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for over 40 years, establishing the Ceil T. Victor Young People's Scholarship, heading the Expertise Clinic and working with the Friends of the Institute. Her love of reading led her to support and volunteer at the Minneapolis Public Library. As an avid and curious learner well into her eighties, Ceil loved taking classes at the University of Minnesota and experiencing enriching travel as well. Her strong belief in the value of education and her delight in life long learning caused here to endow the Ceil T. Victor Women's Scholarship Fund at the University. As a freelance financial and tax consultant. Ceil was instrumental in the careers of many artists and arts organizations. Pliny, the Elder (1st century) must have had foreknowledge of Ceil when he said, "Live your life creatively so that when death comes to collect, it cannot take everything." Ceil is survived by her brother Robert Smith and many loving and grateful cousins and friends. Special thanks go to the wonderfully compassionate and professional care givers at Jones-Harrison. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 PM, Beth El Synagogue, 5224 West 26th Street, St Louis Park. Shiva at 6:30 PM at Jones-Harrison Residence Lakeview Room, 3700 Cedar Lake Avenue (Tuesday only). In lieu of flowers, contributions to donor's favorite charity. Arrangements by Hodroff and Sons, 612-871-1234

Published on May 12, 2003

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