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Prude, Who Managed Careers of Big-Name Artists, Has Died

August 31, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Walter Foy Prude, who helped direct the careers of violinist Isaac Stern, opera singer Marian Anderson, pianist Artur Rubinstein and others during his 40 years in concert management, has died. He was 78.

Prude, who lived in Manhattan with his wife, choreographer Agnes de Mille, died of heart failure Monday at St. Vincent’s Hospital after a long bout with emphysema.

He began his work in management in the late 1930s in Chicago, overseeing dancer-choreographer Martha Graham’s career.

After serving as an Air Force officer in Europe during World II, he joined Hurok Concerts in 1945. He remained with the organization for 31 years, becoming a vice president.

In 1976, he joined ICM Artists as a vice president and later became executive vice president. He retired in 1981.

Other artists Prude represented were Andres Segovia, Roberta Peters, Emanuel Ax, Jan Peerce, Gina Bachauer, Leonard Warren and Victoria de los Angeles.

He also handled tours in the United States of international theater, music and dance organizations.

Prude is survived by his wife; his son, Jonathan of Atlanta; and two grandsons.

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