Industrialist Norton Simon Dead at 86
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Industrialist and art collector Norton Simon died at age 86, the museum bearing his name said today.
Simon, who was stricken 10 years ago with the paralyzing neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, died in his sleep at his Bel-Air home Wednesday evening, said the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
Simon, married to Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones, was born Feb. 5, 1907, in Portland, Ore.
In his 20s he invested in a Fullerton, Calif., orange juice bottling plant that would become the Hunt Foods and Industries empire. It later merged with other companies including McCall’s Publishing, Saturday Review of Literature, Canada Dry Corp. and Somerset Importers - all of which became Norton Simon Inc.
He became a noted art collector, whose collection included paintings by Manet, Gauguin, Renoir, van Gogh, Rembrandt, Matisse, Raphael and Ingres.
The former Pasadena Museum became the Norton Simon Museum after a 1974 reorganization led by Simon. The museum received a combination of private donations and long-term loans from the Norton Simon Foundation and the Norton Simon Art Foundation collections.