Tim Mulligan, Editor, Writer, Arts Consultant, Dies at 73

Tim Mulligan, director of arts affairs for the Bard Center, died of cancer at home in Brooklyn Heights on September 7. He was 73.

A graduate of Philips Andover, Yale, and the University of Paris, he worked as a magazine editor for 22 years before serving as head of public affairs for the New York State Council on the Arts for another 10 years. As a consultant he also advised the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Mariners’ Museum and corporate clients on public affairs.

A spate of freelance magazine articles was followed by a series of travel guides he wrote in the 1980s and ‘90s, most notably The Traveler’s Guide to the Hudson River Valley, still in print in its fifth edition.

A Heights neighbor, Louanna Carlin, remembered Mulligan as “sweet, gentle, kind, and shy,” and noted that, as a dedicated gardener, he “perked up the last block of Remsen Street” near the Promenade. She also expressed gratitude for the concern and generous hospitality shown her by Mulligan and his partner John O’Keefe after the death of her husband.

Tim Mulligan is survived by O’Keefe, his longtime partner whom he married under the state’s new same-sex marriage law three weeks before his death.

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