Fine-arts maven and Ovation cofounder J. Carter Brown died Monday, less than
one month after resigning from his chairman's role at the performing-arts cable
service. He was 67.
Blood cancer was the cause of Brown's death, according to family members who
released a statement through the National Gallery of Art Wednesday morning.
He had been in a Boston hospital under intensive care since early May, being
treated for pulmonary failure, pneumonia and lung disease.
Family members were at Brown's side when he died.
Ovation's board of directors named former Carlyle Group managing director and
partner Edward Mathias to succeed Brown two weeks ago.
As reported earlier, Brown distributed a letter to some two-dozen arts and
educational institutions he had been affiliated with over the course of his
career, noting his decision to end those relationships for health reasons.
Brown launched Ovation in 1996, four years after completing more than two
decades of service as the National Gallery of Art's director. Over most of that
time, he also chaired the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, appointed to the post by
former President Richard Nixon in 1971.
Brown is survived by two children, a brother and a sister.
A private memorial service will be held in Providence, R.I., June 25. A
public tribute at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., will be scheduled