July 18, 2016

Van McLeod

The Department of Cultural Resources is deeply saddened to announce that our long-time commissioner, Van McLeod, passed away this morning at 5 a.m. at Concord Hospital.

Van was first confirmed to the position of commissioner in 1992. He brought to the job an extended background in theatre, film, rock concert production, event planning and promotion.

Throughout his time in state government, he was a tireless champion for culture in all of its forms: the arts, film and television, historical preservation and libraries. He was as well known for his humor and compassion as he was for his devotion to supporting culture statewide.

Van won many awards and accolades throughout his career, but perhaps the award he cherished most was the recognition that he was a great guy, universally liked and respected.

Arrangements will be announced in the near future.

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