The Lynn University community mourns the passing of philanthropist Countess Henrietta de Hoernle, who died July 22, at the age of 103.
Countess de Hoernle leaves a legacy of generosity. She gave millions to a multitude of causes and her name adorns more than 50 buildings in the local community, including three on the Lynn campus: Count and Countess de Hoernle Residence Hall, de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center, and de Hoernle International Center.
Countess de Hoernle celebrated her 103rd birthday with Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie at Lynn's recent Knight in Budapest concert. She was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Sept. 24, 1912, the daughter of musicians—her mother was a violinist, her father a pianist. She came by boat to the U.S. in 1931 to live with her grandparents in Jackson Heights in Queens, New York.
She met each of her three husbands at a German-American social and music club. In 1950, she met Adolph, Count de Hoernle, a fellow German immigrant and an engineer who founded a tool-and-die company in the late 1920s. They married and moved to Bronxville where she began volunteering at a hospital, where plaques that said, "This room is donated by …" inspired a lifetime of giving.
The couple moved to Boca Raton in 1981 and their more than 35 years of philanthropic endeavors here are evident throughout the community. Her philanthropic motto: "Give while you live so you know where it goes."
A funeral service will be held at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, on Mizner Boulevard in Boca Raton, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Viewing begins at 9:30 a.m.