Virginia Duncan

Virginia Duncan, 61, who produced and directed early programs on pubcaster KQED San Francisco and was active in national educational and public broadcasting organizations, died Jan. 14 in San Francisco of cancer.

Among the shows she produced and directed at KQED from 1959 to 1976 was “Profile Bay Area.” Serving on the board of the Public Broadcasting Corp. from 1975 to 1979, Duncan was active in obtaining financing for the PBS satellite system. From 1973 to 1979 she was a member of the media panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.

A native of Lansing, Mich., and a graduate of Harvard Business School, Duncan was also a member of the Carnegie Commission on the future of public broadcasting and served on a presidential task force on the arts.

From 1976 until her retirement in 1987, Duncan was an executive with the Bechtel Power Corp.

Survived by her husband, Bruce; three sons; sister; and brother.

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