Thomas Kahn Gardner, 44, theater director, producer and artistic director, died of complications from AIDS at his home in San Francisco on Aug. 23.

With Christopher Beach, Gardner founded the Santa Fe Festival Theater in 1981 and served as artistic director there, directing Craig Lucus’ “Blue Widow” with Barbara Dirickson, “The Odd Couple” with Frank Gifford and Don Meredith, “Billy Bishop Goes to War” and the premiere of “Ducks in a Row” with Brenda Whelein.

In New York, he directed “Moby Dick” at the York Theater and produced “Santa Fe on Broadway” at the Shubert.

On the West Coast, he directed “Marry Me a Little” at the Old Globe in San Diego, “Little Shop of Horrors” at PCPA and the premiere of “Raising Caen” at ACT.

Gardner served as artistic director of the Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Va., where he directed numerous plays, including “The Immigrant.”

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Irvin Gardener of Hillsborough, Calif., and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Thomas Gardener AIDS Memorial, Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Conn.

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