Iris Cantor Lauded by French President François Hollande
On March 20 Iris Cantor was celebrated by French President François Hollande in a ceremony where he bestowed on her the new rank of Officier in the French Legion d’Honneur. Mrs. Cantor, President and Chairman of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, first became a member of this august organization in 2000, when she was named a Chevalier. During the past two decades she has been repeatedly cited for her profound philanthropy and support for the worlds of culture and healthcare for women in France.
Before a crowd of about 100 people — including members of the press and of Paris’ museum community, well-wishers, and friends — President Hollande told Iris Cantor that she was “right to be passionate about Rodin. He is a beautiful companion.” He went on to say, “Thanks to your love for Rodin, you and your husband have contributed to the influence of France. Therefore, because you have furthered the spirit of France, as a symbol of gratitude we express our appreciation by presenting to you the insignia of Officier of the Legion d’Honneur.” (translation courtesy Annie Allen).
Mrs. Cantor’s honor has also been celebrated by the media and friends in this country. Link here to a wonderful tribute to her in the New York Social Diary.