Martin E. Segal

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Martin E. Segal
Born Martin Eli Segal
(1916-07-04)July 4, 1916
Vitebsk, Russian Empire
Died August 5, 2012(2012-08-05) (aged 96)
Manhattan, New York City
Spouse(s) Edith (m. 1937–2011) (deceased)

Martin Eli Segal (July 4, 1916 – August 5, 2012) was a Russian Empire-born American businessman who co-founded the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1969 with two other Lincoln Center executives, William F. May and Schuyler G. Chapin.[1] he also served as the Film Society's founding president and CEO until 1978.[2]

Segal was born in Vitebsk, , Russian Empire (now located in present-day Belarus), in 1916 and immigrated to the United States.[2] He is a former Associated Press columnist and founder of human resource and benefits consulting firm, The Segal Group, which he founded in October, 1939.[2] Segal served as the General Chairman of the Night of 100 Stars II on February 17, 1985, the first AIDS benefit held by the Actors' Fund of America.[2]

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC), located at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, was renamed for Segal in March 1999.[2] It was founded as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA) in 1979. He died at his Manhattan home in 2012. He was 96.[3]


  1. ^ Grimes, William (2011-09-20). "William F. May, 95, Dies; Helped Found Film Society". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Martin E. Segal biography". Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Martin E. Segal, Titan of the Arts in New York City, Dies at 96". The New York Times. August 5, 2012.