Through his connections, his deft diplomacy and the cachet of a national institution and audience in his pocket, he's persuaded such collectors as the late Armand Hammer to come into the fold. He's finagled collections, such as the one owned by Baltimore's Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, often upsetting local institutions to which the works might otherwise have been bequeathed. And he's negotiated purchases and loans with foreign governments, giving the institution an international sheen with such blockbuster shows as "Treasures of Tutankhamun," "Splendor of Dresden" and "Treasure Houses of Britain."
Born: Oct. 8, 1934, Providence, R.I. Home: Georgetown in Washington. Family: Separated from second wife, Pamela Drexel Brown. Children: [John Carter Brown IV], 13, and Elissa Lucinda Rionda Brown, 7. Education: B.A., Harvard, 1956; M.B.A., Harvard, 1958; European studies, 1958-1960; M.A., New York University, 1961. Professional: National Gallery of Art, assistant to the director, 1961-'63; assistant director, 1964-'68; deputy director, 1968-'69; director, 1969-present. His favorite painting at the gallery: "I will quote a Baltimore relation, a great-uncle, who used to say about women, `I love them all, but I adore the one I'm with.' It's very hard to choose between your children."