“Martin E. Segal, Titan of the Arts in New York City, Dies at 96.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. August 5, 2012. Martin E. Segal, whose puckish warmth and old-fashioned ways belied his power and influence as one of the city’s leading cultural figures, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96. Mr. Segal, who made his fortune through the Segal Company, an international consulting business, was perhaps best known as the elder statesman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where he served in several leadership roles, contributed his own funds and generated substantial gifts to the organization. Most people know that Lincoln Center has halls named after Alice Tully and Avery Fisher; Mr. Segal knew Ms. Tully and Mr. Fisher personally. Mr. Segal was chairman of Lincoln Center from 1981 to 1986. His successors have included the soprano Beverly Sills. But a recent chairman, Frank A. Bennack Jr., said in a November 2008 interview that as far as he was concerned “somehow Marty is the Lincoln Center chairman.” Mr. Segal was also the founding president and chief executive of the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1968 to 1978. During his tenure the Film Society honored Charlie Chaplin, whom Mr. Segal went to great lengths to bring to the United States from Britain, at its first annual gala tribute. The second award went to Fred Astaire, the third to Alfred Hitchcock. Well into his 90s, Mr. Segal remained a larger-than-life presence on New York’s cultural scene. Although his board positions evolved into emeritus or advisory roles, he continued fund-raising and counseling executives at his favored arts organizations. He went into the office almost every day and out on the town almost every night. And he was constantly at fund-raising galas, be it in honor of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the New York Public Library or the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. While Mr. Segal was generous with his money, he was perhaps most admired for the donations he managed to extract from others. He used to say he had no trouble giving people the “opportunity” to contribute to the causes he cared most about, whether it be Lincoln Center’s redevelopment project, which updated the campus; Public Radio International (formerly American Public Radio), of which he was a founding member; or the Library of America, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to publishing, and keeping in print, editions of America’s most significant writing. Mr. Segal was also the moving force behind several arts organizations, including the New York International Festival of the Arts, which he founded in 1985 and ran until its discontinuation in 2002. He helped establish the Martin E. Segal Theater Center at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2000. In 1986 Lincoln Center established the annual Martin E. Segal Awards, given to aspiring young artists.