Associates of the Boston Public Library announces retirement of Board Chair Vivian K. Spiro; Peter B. Brown to succeed her
July 3, 2018
“Vivian’s dedication to the Library and education is inspiring,” said Associates’ Executive Director Louisa Stephens. “She has worked incessantly for two decades to make the public aware and appreciative of the BPL’s unique and irreplaceable, free educational resources: the Library’s Special Collections. As a tireless advocate of the Library, Vivian’s commitment has persuaded many others to follow suit. I am incredibly appreciative of her support and mentorship, and will miss her terribly.”
In acknowledgement of the impact of Spiro's chairmanship, the Associates plans to conserve etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), one of the first, fundamental collections of works of art donated to the BPL's Print Department.
Prior to joining the Associates Board in 1998, Spiro served as an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts, a member of the Events Committee of the Boston Athenaeum and Chairman of the President’s Circle at Beth Israel Hospital. A former journalist and then owner-operator of a public relations firm specializing in medical and technical accounts, she later worked for Blackside Productions on "Eyes on the Prize II," the award winning Civil Rights documentary. Spiro and her husband Lionel are residents of Beacon Hill.
“I’m very pleased that the perfect candidate to succeed me has been chosen and unanimously voted in by the Associates Board,” said Spiro. “Though his sterling professional credentials and winning personality make him well suited to lead any organization, I believe that Peter Brown’s intellectual curiosity, commitment to preserving history, and respect for the written word will enable him to take the Associates to the next level. His innate sense of diplomacy and broad cultural bandwidth are also the very qualities a leader of our organization needs to positively engage many different constituencies in our work.”
Brown is a partner in Nutter’s Private Client Department, with a specialty in individual and family estate and tax planning and estate and trust administration. In addition to his more than thirty years practicing law, he is actively involved in Boston's cultural and philanthropic circles. He is trustee of the Brimmer and May School, where he also serves on the Development Committee, and a board member and officer of Moonbox Productions, Inc., a non-profit theater production company. A member of the Boston Bar Association and former chair of its Trusts and Estates Section, Brown is also former chair of the American Heart Association's Northeast Affiliate and Massachusetts Affiliate branches; a former member and moderator of the Steering Committee of the Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum; and former chair and officer of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He is currently the treasurer and secretary of the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation and director, treasurer and secretary of the Helen and George Ladd Charitable Foundation. Peter and his wife Susan are residents of Waban, Massachusetts.
1) Vivian Spiro with David McCullough at her retirement party. (Photo credit: Louisa Stephens)
2) Peter Brown, Board Chairman of the Associates of the Boston Public Library. (Photo courtesy of Nutter)