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FONTAINE--John Clovis, of New York City and West Stockbridge, MA, died Monday of the complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years old. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Elizabeth Ellis (Betty); daughters Lizanne (Robert Buckholz), Amy (Mete Kok) and Alison Engel (Peter); eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brother, Edward Fontaine; his sister, Anne Marie Fontaine; and his brother's widow, Carole Fontaine. Jack graduated from the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School. He was a partner at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed in New York and later was General Counsel, Executive Vice President, and then President of Knight-Ridder, Inc. He was a member of the board of Century Aluminum Company. Jack was the former Chairman and Trustee Emeritus of the National Gallery of Art; Chairman of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; and Chairman of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Florida Philharmonic. On Saturday, September 28, 2013, there will be a gathering in his honor from 4pm to 7pm in the Reception Room at Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn NY. On Monday, December 9, 2013 there will be a memorial service at the Cosmopolitan Club, 122 East 66th Street, New York, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fontaine Family Fund, Berkshire Taconic Foundation ( or the Berkshire Medical Center (www.berkshirehealth, in gratitude to Dr. Jeffrey St. John.

Published in The New York Times on Sept. 25, 2013
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