M. Christine DeVita, president of The Wallace Foundation, released this statement today on news that Peter C. Marzio, a longtime member of Wallace’s Board of Directors, had died yesterday at age 67.
“We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely passing of Peter Marzio, a valued member of our Board of Directors since 2001. For the past 28 years, Peter also served as the Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Peter’s passion for art, honed through his scholarship as an art historian and former curator, and his commitment to serving people, as evidenced by the boundary-dissolving work he led at the Museum, were the guiding stars of his life and the center of all his work. As he wrote in a 1998 essay titled A Place for All People, ‘When we bring our neighbors into the process of learning about and interpreting works of art, the human spirit enriches the entire institution.’
“Peter inspired, encouraged and enriched all of us at Wallace. His presence will be sorely missed at our board table, but his spirit will continue to live on in our hearts and our work.”