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STANFILL, Shelton g. Shelton g. Stanfill, a national leader in the arts and humanities for more than 40 years, died on Saturday, September 23, at home. He was 77. Most recently, he had been the CEO of Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center, home of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Alliance Theatre Company, together the largest arts center in the South and third largest in the United States. Previously he led the Los Angeles Music Center, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia, and the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. Throughout his career, Stanfill was insistent upon extending arts education to children, and sought diversity in audiences and performances. His employees could count on him for support and a fair and equitable workplace. His love of film, which began in his childhood when his father ran a movie theatre, was well known. He was Co-Chair of the Atlanta Jewish Film festival, and never missed the Telluride Film Festival. He was a Councilor at the Carter Center, and a member of the board of the Midtown Alliance. With his quick wit, keen mind, and an easy laugh, Stanfill was liked by all who knew him. Shelton Stanfill was generous in spirit, had many friends, and loved his wife, Brigitte, and their children, and grandchildren. Stanfill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Brigitte, son Shaun Stanfill (Jacqui) of Ft. Collins, CO, daughters Jacqueline Olsen (Jay) of Arlington, VA, and Natasha Bullotta (Tom) of Vienna, VA, granddaughter Ingrid Olsen and grandsons Miles and Simon Bullotta. There will be no formal service, per his wishes. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Brickworks (donations can be mailed to 6505 Rico Road, Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268) or the Atlanta Community Food Bank (
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 27, 2017
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