Leonard Altman, a former director of the music division of the New York State Council on the Arts who is remembered for his role in preserving Carnegie Hall, died Dec. 31. He was 76.
Tim Page, a friend, said Altman committed suicide at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica by taking an overdose of pills on Tuesday. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease in recent years.
The Boston-born Altman produced more than 200 music shows for WNYC-TV in the 1960s and ’70s, and hun-dreds of radio programs for stations in New York, Boston and Los Angeles.
Several times he took up the causes of historic halls in danger of being torn down. Soon after moving to New York in 1958, he helped Isaac Stern start the Citizens Committee to Save Carnegie Hall. Later he joined the hall’s board, remaining a member until 1974.
He served as director of the music division of the New York State Council on the Arts from 1973-79. Other posts he held included chairman of the music department at Queens College and lecturer at New York U.