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Funeral is Wednesday for Julia Reyes Taubman, Co-Founder of Midtown Detroit Museum

January 30, 2018, 12:22 PM

Julia Reyes Taubman

Julia Reyes Taubman, co-founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit, died Sunday at age 50 in her Bloomfield Hills home from cancer.

She was married to Robert Taubman, chairman, president and chief executive of Taubman Centers Inc., and son of the late Al Taubman.

She was active in the national arts community and a board member at Cranbrook Academy of Art,. She is a former board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2012, she published "Detroit: 138 Square Miles," a photo book with a foreword by best-selling Detroit author Elmore Leonard,  a friend. Taubman grew up in Washington, D.C.

"Julie's extraordinary strength, free spirit, deep love for her family, and her memory will forever be a comfort and inspiration for us all," her husband says. 

Survivors, in addition to her husband, are children Ghislaine, Sebastian and Theodore; stepson Alexander; father Joseph; and brothers M. Jude, J. Christopher, David, James, Thomas and William Reyes.

Visitation is Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the A.J. Desmond and Sons Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak.

The funeral is at Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Rd. in Bloomfield Hills on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute via this page or by mail to the University of Michigan Office of Development, 3003 S. State St., Suite 9000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109‑1288,

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