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Sidney Harman, the wealthy businessman and philanthropist married to former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, died in Washington late Tuesday of complications from leukemia. He was 92.

Harman, who made his fortune in the stereo industry, made headlines in recent years for his purchase of Newsweek magazine and decision to merge the publication with the Daily Beast website. His wife represented the 36th Congressional District until late February, when she stepped down to take a job with a Washington, D.C. think tank.

Below is an excerpt from a Los Angeles Times obituary of Harman. Read the full piece at this link.

The path of Harman's long career took him from the electronics industry to government, academia and, finally, the Fourth Estate. His passion for the arts and philanthropic impulses led him to provide funding for Washington Sidney Harman Hall, a popular performance space. An indefatigable reader and thinker who was fascinated by creative geniuses, Harman also at age 92 founded the Academy for Polymathic Studies at the University of Southern California. From heart, he could recite long passages from Shakespeare, or Abraham Lincoln or Maxwell Anderson, and would often embroider a thought or regale dinner-party guests with an apt quote.


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