In Tuesday’s (1/12) Boston Globe, Casey Ross writes, “During a 45-year career, Edward H. Linde changed the face of modern Boston, leaving an indelible imprint on the city’s skyline and culture—from the Prudential Center towers to the halls of the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony Orchestra. The real estate developer and philanthropist died Sunday after battling cancer. He was 68. … While the firm he and [business partner Mortimer B.] Zuckerman cofounded has a national reach, friends said Mr. Linde’s heart always remained at home in Boston, where he and his wife, Joyce, used a large chunk of the family’s fortune to support the region’s cultural and academic institutions. Mr. Linde was chairman of the board of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was a major benefactor to the Museum of Fine Arts, which named its west wing after him, his wife, and the Linde family in recognition of the more than $25 million they donated to the museum. … BSO managing director Mark Volpe remembered Mr. Linde’s calm demeanor last year when the symphony struggled in the face of a nearly $100 million decline in its endowment.”

Posted January 13, 2010