Director of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston dies

Peter Marzio, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has died after a battle with cancer. (Photo provided by: MFAH)

December 10, 2010 10:21:36 AM PST
Peter C. Marzio, the longtime director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has died. Museum associate director Gwen Goffe on Friday told The Associated Press that Marzio had battled cancer and the disease reoccurred. He was 67.

Marzio died Thursday night in Houston. Goffe did not release further details.

The MFAH was founded in 1900 and has nearly 63,000 works. Marzio had been director since 1982.

Goffe says Marzio took a special interest in education.

His book, "American Art and Philanthropy: Twenty Years of Collecting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston," was published in November.

Another Marzio-involved book, "Masterpieces from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Director's Choice," was published in February, with staff contributions.

His wife, Frances, works as a curator at the museum.

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