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Washington Arts Chairman Resigns

May 31, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ J. Carter Brown has resigned as chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts and other organizations because of poor health.

Brown, 67, said in a letter to his friends that treatment for lung problems was also forcing his resignation as a trustee of Brown University, Pritzker Prize juror and member of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

``This all comes as an enormous shock, and it will take every ounce of my energy to recover over a very long pull,″ he wrote.

Brown, who directed the National Gallery of Art for 23 years, approved the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Frank Gehry addition to the Corcoran Gallery of Art as head of the arts commission.

``I don’t know of anyone who has more of a profound effect on the appearance of Washington than Carter Brown,″ Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, told The Washington Post.

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