Herbert L. Hutner ’31 was chairman of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He passed away on December 7, 2008, at the age of 99.
After graduating from Columbia Law School, Hutner eventually made his way to Wall Street. He became a partner in a brokerage firm and worked alongside Lester Osterman, who went on to become a Broadway producer and theater owner. Later, Hutner would follow Osterman’s lead, remaking his own career path to focus heavily on the arts.
In 1962, Hutner married Hungarian starlet and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, becoming her fourth husband. The couple divorced in 1966, and three years later, Hutner married actress Juli Reding.
Hutner presided over the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts from 1982 to 1990. In that position, he advised and consulted with trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., while raising funds to support the center.
Hutner is survived by his wife, Juli; his son, Jeffrey; his daughter, Lynn; his stepson, Christopher; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.