Obituary: Frederick “Fritz” Steinway, headed FAC

Frederick “Fritz” Steinway, 83, of Amherst, who was the first director of the Fine Arts Center, died Nov. 8.

Born in New York City, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Bard College at Columbia University and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Steinway was hired as the FAC’s chief administrator in 1974 and led the fledgling department through its first few years. He retired in 1978.

Before coming to Amherst, Steinway was executive director of the National Orchestral Association. For many years, he also was an independent consultant on the arts and a partner in Judson, O’Neill, Beall and Steinway, a music management firm in New York.

After completing his MBA, he joined his family’s business, Steinway & Sons, as a production trainee and rising to manager of its concert and artists department.

He served on the boards of directors of the Brattleboro Music Center, Project Opera (now Commonwealth Opera) in Northampton, and the Mannes School of Music in New York City.

He leaves his wife, Mary K. (Castle) Steinway; three sons, Christian, of Dallas, Robert, of Boulder, Colo., and Frederick E., and four grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the VNA and Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton 01060, or the Grace Episcopal Church Building Fund, 14 Boltwood Ave., Amherst 01002.