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Alfred Wyant Stites


1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Alfred Wyant Stites Obituary
Stites, Alfred Wyant "Al"

May 1, 1922 -

April 11, 2016



Alfred W. Stites of Santa Fe passed away peacefully Monday evening April 11, 2016 at 93 years old. He led a very full life. He trained fighter pilots in WWII, where he walked away from three crashes and was one of the few with a coveted "Green Card." The "Green Card" allowed him to take off and land when he chose as one of his jobs was to ferry VIP's around the country. He was one of the men who started the Small Business Administration under President John F Kennedy, was Managing Director of the Walnut Street Theater of Philadelphia and the manager who broke the color barrier there by inviting Bubbling Brown Sugar to play the Walnut. "Sugar" later went on to Broadway for a successful run. He was Managing Director of the Bucks County Playhouse, Director of the Ford Foundation for the Arts, started the Affiliated Artists Program and was the Director the Wolf Trapp Theater of the Performing Arts, in Northern Virginia.

For many years his company "Foliophiles" of Washington D.C, and Santa Fe was a premier purveyor of Rare Leaves: Gutenberg Bible, Audubon, Book of Hours, Rembrandt and Durer second strikes. He was considered by some to be a leading authority on the "History of the Written Word." His desire for knowledge was endless.

He is survived by his wife Toni Norman; four children: Chip, David, Hydie and Marcia; five grandchildren; and his two great grandchildren.

His wit, knowledge and positive attitude will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2016
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