Brand, Sybil (c. 1899–2004)

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Brand, Sybil (c. 1899–2004)

American philanthropist. Born Sybil Morris, c. 1899, in Chicago, Illinois; grew up in Los Angeles, California; died Feb 17, 2004, in Beverly Hills, California; dau. of Arthur W. Morris (wealthy stockbroker); m. Harry Brand (head of publicity at 20th Century-Fox), 1933 (died 1989); children: George.

Devoted to improving conditions for imprisoned women, was appointed to the Vocational Training Commission (1945), which oversaw jails and other facilities; chaired the commission, which evolved into the Institutional Inspections Commission, then the Sybil Brand Commission, for the rest of her life; helped found the Sybil Brand Institute (1963).