Shopping mall pioneer, Detroit philanthropist Taubman dies

April 18, 2015 5:06 AM

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A. Alfred Taubman's self-made wealth -- as a pioneer who helped revolutionize how America shops -- fueled a lifetime of varied philanthropy and support for civic institution and the arts, including his deep commitment to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Taubman, the Pontiac native who helped brings malls to America and become one of Michigan's most important donors to museums and universities, died Friday of a heart attack in his home in Bloomfield Hills, said Christopher Tennyson of the Office of A. Alfred Taubman. He was 91.

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