TWOMBLY, Stephen D. Of New London, NH, Founding publisher of Design New England and a music composer, died March 16 after a short illness. He was 59. Design New England, launched in 2006, is a regional magazine that has won numerous industry awards, including three Gold FOLIO awards and four from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for Best Design Magazine. Twombly was a member of numerous architecture and design associations in the Boston area. During a career spanning 35 years, Twombly managed and launched magazines for International Data Group, Cahners Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Advanstar, and New Age Publishing, now a property of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. After graduating from Drew University summa cum laude, Twombly attended the Juilliard School. Among Twombly's compositions are the Septet for Sunrise, a chamber piece for winds, Psalm 91 for voice with organ, and a twelve-tonal violin sonata. He was a composing fellow at the 1976 Aspen Music Festival, conducting performances of excerpts from his children's opera, Durien's Debut. He also attended the New School in NewYorkCity. He is survived by his wife, Jean, his mother, Elizabeth Bowers Twombly, brothers, Peterand Geoffrey Twombly and five nieces and nephews. Service will be held April 6 at Christ Church Episcopal, Short Hills, NJ

Published in The Boston Globe from Mar. 20 to Mar. 24, 2013