Fenway Health Saddened by Loss of Longtime Friend and Supporter Ron Ansin

Fenway Health is saddened to learn that local philanthropist Ron Ansin has passed away. Ron was a longtime Fenway supporter. He and his brother Ed, who passed away in 2020, were instrumental in the construction of Fenway Health’s flagship building at 1340 Boylston Street in Boston, which opened in 2009. The building is named after the two brothers’ cousin Mikki’s son Peter Ansin, who died in 1992. 

The dedication plaque at Fenway’s Ansin building reads: “The Ansin Building is the generous gift of Ron and Ed Ansin in loving memory of Peter Ansin (1957 – 1992), a bright and talented spirit who brought light into many lives and was beloved by all. 

The opening of Fenway Health’s Ansin Building allowed us to greatly expand our care and services, research, education, and advocacy efforts, and greatly amplified our impact in service to our mission and the people and communities who count on us. 

Ron had a long and successful career as a banker, an apparel company executive, and as former Massachusetts Commissioner of Commerce and Development. His generous philanthropy benefited not only Fenway Health, but many other organizations including GLSEN, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, the Fitchburg Art Museum, Thayer Symphony Orchestra, and the ACLU of Massachusetts, among others. 

“We will forever owe Ron and his family a debt of gratitude for their extraordinary generosity and support,” said Fenway Health CEO Ellen LaPointe. We will miss him tremendously and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.” 

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