Getty chairman James N. Wood dies

This undated file photo released by The J. Paul Getty Museum shows James N. Wood. James N. Wood, the president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, who also worked for 25 years at the Art Institute of Chicago, has died. He was 69.
This undated file photo released by The J. Paul Getty Museum shows James N. Wood. James N. Wood, the president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, who also worked for 25 years at the Art Institute of Chicago, has died. He was 69. AP Photo/The J. Paul Getty Museum, File

The chairman of the Getty board says J. Paul Getty Trust president and chief executive James N. Wood has died. He was 69.

Mark Siegel, who chairs the Getty's board of trustees, said in a statement Saturday that Woods died unexpectedly of natural causes. He was found in his Los Angeles home late Friday.

Wood worked for 25 years as director and president of the Art Institute of Chicago then retired with his wife Emese to Rhode Island.

He came out of retirement to work at the Getty Trust in December 2006.

Siegel credited Wood with helping boost the Getty's collaborations with other visual arts institutions and between its own programs.

His areas of specialization included European paintings, sculpture and photography.

(The audio is KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talking about James Wood with Louise Bryson. She is completing her term as chairman of the board at the Getty Trust. She helped bring Wood to Los Angeles. "Jim wood brought credibility. He brought his love of art. And he brought his collaborative style to the Getty at an important time," she says. "He will be greatly missed. And he contributed highly to an important institution in Los Angeles.“)

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