Rupert Murdoch's Mother Dead at 103

Elisabeth Murdoch was a patron of the arts

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 5, 2012 10:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, mother of media mogul Rupert, has died at her Australia home at age 103, the Australian reports. Murdoch was an 18-year-old debutante when a photo of her in a magazine was spotted by editor Keith Murdoch, 42. The newspaperman and his wife were married 24 years and had four children. Murdoch devoted her life to philanthropy, the arts, and helping others through charity and community work. After she was widowed at age 43, she started working with the Royal Children's Hospital, where she would serve for 33 years, ultimately as its president.

In a Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch sits in the audience as Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
In a Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch sits in the audience as Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.   (AP Photo/Julian Smith, Pool, File)
Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., leaves after attending the funeral service for journalist Marie Colvin, Monday, March 12, 2012 at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Oyster Bay, NY.
Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., leaves after attending the funeral service for journalist Marie Colvin, Monday, March 12, 2012 at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Oyster Bay, NY.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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