Wednesday, July 8, 2015

City treasurer's daughter among dead

Anne Bryan, a student at the Pennsylvania Fine Arts Academy, died in Wednesday´s building collapse in Center City. (Source: PAFA)
Anne Bryan, a student at the Pennsylvania Fine Arts Academy, died in Wednesday's building collapse in Center City. (Source: PAFA)
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The 24-year-old daughter of Philadelphia City Treasurer Nancy Winkler was among the six people killed when a demolition went horribly awry and crushed the well-known Salvation Army store at 22nd and Market Streets.

Anne Bryan, a student at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, was described by her family as "an extremely talented artist" who "possessed a passion for the arts and an ability to find beauty in everything around her."

Bryan's family released a statement through the academy, whose CEO and President David R. Brigham said the school would hold a memorial for Bryan in the near future.

"Anne will be remembered here at PAFA by her friends and faculty as dynamic, inquisitive and smart," Brigham said. "She believed in the importance of art, took her work seriously, and was very committed to learning, improving her skills and exploring different mediums as a means of expressing complex ideas. She described PAFA as a thought-provoking community where students are challenged by teachers and peers, and share a passion for art, growth, and achieving artistic goals."

Bryan started as a full-time student in PAFA's Certificate program last fall. She first attended PAFA's in High School Summer Academy in 2006 and also enrolled in Continuing Education classes.

Winkler was appointed city treasurer in Jan. 2011 by Mayor Nutter after many years at a New York City firm that oversaw municipal spending management.

The family requested that media respect their privacy as they grieved, saying: "This pain is fresh and it runs deep."

Contact Brian X. McCrone at 215-854-2267 or Follow @brianxmccrone on Twitter.

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