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Deborah Marrow, the Director the Getty Foundation speaking during a press conference on the economic impact of Pacific Standard Time: Art In L.A., 1945-1980 in 2012 Photo: Ryan Miller/Invision/AP

Deborah Marrow, who was the J. Paul Getty Trusts longest-serving executive and retired as director of the Getty Foundation last December, died early Tuesday, the organisation said today. She was 70 years old.

Marrow joined the Getty in 1983 as publications coordinator and spent most of more than three decades at the Getty overseeing the grant-making programmes of the foundation and the trust, financing art scholarship, conservation and museum projects internationally. She also served for two stints as interim president of the trust during rocky periods for the organisation. “I certainly didnt think I would stay on for 35 years,” Marrow told The Art Newspaper in an interview ahead of her retirement. “I thought I would be a university professor or museum curator, but when the Getty came my way, it seemed too interesting an opportunity to pass by, and it has been amazing. It turned me from a specialist in 17th-century European art into a generalist responsible for giving grants. It gave me the opportunity to think about art and architecture across the entire world.”

“No one has contributed more to the life and mission of the Getty than Deborah, and we will miss her deeply,” said James Cuno, president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, in a statement. “She provided inspiring leadership in almost every aspect of the Getty, in roles including director of the Getty Foundation, acting director of the Getty Research Institute, and interim president of the Getty Trust. She brought clarity, vision, and selfless dedication to her work, and made loyal professional friends around the world.”

Among the projects Marrow helped lead was the Panel Paintings Initiative, which trained young conservators to preserve works of art on wood panels—a personal delight for her as a specialist in Baroque painting, the organisation said. The Getty also launched MosRead More – Source