- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2006

MANHASSET, N.Y. (AP) — Louis Winnick, an economist who helped guide the investments of the Ford Foundation and promoted low-income homeownership, died July 30. He was 85.

Mr. Winnick died at a hospice in Manhasset, on Long Island.

The cause of death was mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer that his daughter Pamela Winnick attributed to exposure to asbestos when he worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II.

Mr. Winnick was born in Romania and came to Brooklyn when he was 1.

He graduated from Brooklyn College and earned a graduate degree in economics at Columbia University.

He worked for the New York City Planning Commission and the Housing and Redevelopment Board before joining the Ford Foundation in 1962.

He served as deputy vice president in the national affairs division from 1968 to 1986.

Mr. Winnick played a major role in the foundation’s effort to channel resources into housing, community renewal and minority enterprise after the turbulence of the late 1960s.

He was credited with steering the foundation toward making low-interest loans and equity investments in low-income urban areas.

Ford, like other foundations, previously had focused on grants only, thinking that investing and philanthropy should be separate.

Mr. Winnick also promoted the idea that low-income home buyers could be reliable borrowers with properly structured loans.

A demonstration loan project in Pittsburgh spurred mortgage lending in poor neighborhoods nationally.

Mr. Winnick wrote many articles for academic journals, magazine and newspapers.

His book, “New People in Old Neighborhoods,” published in 1990 by Russell Sage, made the case for the value of a constant flow of new immigrants into urban neighborhoods.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

Ann Fitzpatrick, 82,wife of naval officer

Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick, a Navy wife and daughter, died July 2 of cardiac arrest at her home in the District. She was 82.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Pensacola, Fla., to Navy Adm. Forrest P. Sherman and his wife, Dolores Sherman. She grew up in the District and graduated from the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda.

In 1945, she married a Navy officer, John P. Fitzpatrick, who was a lieutenant at the time.

The couple lived for many years in Spain and Portugal, where Lt. Fitzpatrick served on active duty and later worked as a senior oil company executive. They returned to the District in 1975.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

She also was a dame in the Order of St. Lazarus, a religious order that provides emergency aid.

In January, Mrs. Fitzpatrick served as sponsor at the commissioning in Pensacola of a guided missile destroyer named after her father.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Diane Flamini and Deirdre Fitzpatrick of the District and Amarie Kappaz of Potomac; one son, John Fitzpatrick of the District; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Forrest Sherman Foundation, 720 Reedy Circle, Bel Air, MD 21014.

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