National Gallery of Canada saddened by death of former chairman Jean-Claude Delorme
Ottawa - September 13, 2006
It is with great sadness that the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) has learned of the passing of Jean-Claude Delorme, former chairman of the Gallery's Board of Trustees and founder of its Foundation. Mr. Delorme died on Thursday, September 7, following a long illness.
Throughout his career, Mr. Delorme has consistently been active in community activities such as the arts. He served as chairman of the National Gallery's Board of Trustees from 1993 until 1999. The National Gallery thrived during his term, mounting the hugely successful Egyptomania, The Group of Seven, Corot, Picasso and Renoir's Portraits exhibitions.
"Jean-Claude Delorme will be remembered for his invaluable leadership during his term as chairman of the Board of Trustees and for his contribution to the National Gallery Foundation", said Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. "His passing represents a great loss to the Canadian artists and art institutions he championed. On behalf of the National Gallery of Canada, I would like to extend to the family our deepest sympathy."
"Mr. Delorme has contributed greatly to the development and sustainability of the arts, we are very sad with his passing", added Donald R. Sobey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the NGC.
Thomas d'Aquino, Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Directors mentioned: "On behalf of my colleagues of the Board of Directors of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, I would like to pay a special tribute to Jean-Claude Delorme, an exceptional man, a true patron of the arts, and founder member of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation."
Marie Claire Morin, President and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation said: "In 1997, Mr. Delorme, then Chair of the National Gallery Board of Trustees, anticipated challenges the Gallery would face and felt it was time to establish a Foundation to promote private support for the Gallery and build a family of friends around the world. We will always be grateful to Mr. Delorme for his foresight, dedication and passionate support of the Gallery and its Foundation."
Mr. Delorme held several executive functions and sat on numerous boards and councils, including socio-cultural boards such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Theatre School of Canada and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. He was also co-founder of the Opéra de Montréal.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, the University of Montreal Foundation or the CHUM Foundation (oncology section).
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