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BRANDT--Richard Paul. December 6, 1927 - December 30, 2018. Richard Paul Brandt, 91, died on Sunday, December 30, at his home in Phoenix, AZ, from complications of multiple myeloma. Brandt was head of the theater division, President and, finally, Chairman of the Board of Trans-Lux Corporation from 1950-2003. Brandt joined the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute (AFI) in 1971, served as Chairman (1983-1986), and continued as Chairman Emeritus until his death. The AFI awarded Brandt an honorary doctorate in 2002. In New York, Brandt was Chairman of the Board (1964-1966) and Honorary President of the Board (1966-1977) of University Settlement House and served for decades as a director of the American Theatre Wing. In Santa Fe, NM, where he lived for 23 years, Brandt served as a director of the College of Santa Fe, founded the Live Poets Society, and was owner and operator of the Jean Cocteau Theater. Born in 1927 in New York City, Brandt graduated from Ethical Culture Fieldston School, then earned a B.S. in Mathematics with high honors from Yale University (1948) and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. The son of Harry Brandt and Helen (Satenstein) Brandt, both of New York City, Brandt is survived by his wife, Helen Kogel Brandt, plus five children, six grandchildren, and one great- grandchild. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in his memory to the Richard Brandt Scholarship Fund at the AFI Conservatory (Attn: Tom West, Chief Advancement Officer, 2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90027) or the American Theatre Wing (Development Department, 230 West 41st Street, Suite 1101, New York, NY 10036).

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 13, 2019
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