Legion d’Honneur for Gerry Lenfest
The Ambassador of France to the United States, François Delattre, presented the honor at a ceremony in Philadelphia . Surrounded by almost 200 guests and precious artifacts from the collection of the American Revolution Center, Ambassador Delattre praised Mr. Lenfest as “an excellent friend of France” whose achievements in commerce and culture have positively impacted the lives of countless citizens of the city of Philadelphia, the state of Pennsylvania, and throughout the United States.
A 27-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Lenfest revolutionized the broadcast industry in the Delaware Valley area, launching a system that eventually became one of the top twelve cable television companies in America. He has assisted non-profit organizations both locally and nationally, serving multiple terms on the boards and councils of such entities as Columbia University (his alma mater), the Library of Congress, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Philosophical Society, the Curtis Institute of Music, and C-Span.
Mr. Lenfest also chairs the board of the American Revolution Center, the only museum in the United States dedicated to America’s struggle for independence — and which, when complete, will prominently feature France’s role in that epic conflict.