Donald B. Marron, financier, art collector and philanthropist, dies at 85

He spent more than three decades compiling an extensive collection of post-war art that included paintings, drawings and sculptures by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Lucian Freud, Jasper Johns and others. He has developed close relationships with some of his favorite artists, including Brice Marden, Ed Ruscha and Mark Grotjahn.

As a supporter of art in the workplace, Mr. Marron has lined the walls of UBS PaineWebber offices across the country with works from his collection.

“We all spend probably a third of our lives in our offices,” Mr. Marron told the New York Times in 2005. “So if you can expose us to another aspect of creativity in our time, it’s a good thing, especially in securities trading.

Mr Marron donated part of the UBS-owned collection – which was valued at around $ 15 million – to the Museum of Modern Art, where it was on display in 2005.

While the art market has exploded in recent years, attracting amateurs and speculators, Mr. Marron has remained an old-fashioned collector – passionate about art itself, rather than seeking to profit from it. .

He recently opened his own private gallery in Midtown Manhattan, which he filled with works from his own collection. However, he had no interest in making it public, preferring to enjoy the art alone or with friends.

Donald Baird Marron was born July 21, 1934 in Goshen, NY, the son of Edward J. Marron, writer, and Ethel Baird Marron, housewife. He grew up in New York.

Norma D. Ross