A Tribute to Dick Darman, 1943-2008

Dick Darman served with distinction as the Chairman of the board of the National Museum of American History.  Over the course of his eight years of service on the board he played a key role in the life of the museum.  In 2001 he chaired a Blue Ribbon Commission review of the visitor experience at the museum and wrote the Commission’s pivotal report that recommended major changes and improvements to the museum’s physical appearance and contextual organization.  Those recommendations have been incorporated into a comprehensive master plan and renovation—currently underway—that aims to transform the museum and provide a more meaningful experience for visitors.  As co-chair of the Star-Spangled Banner Campaign, Dick personally helped to raise a significant part of the $153 million in public and private support raised thus far for the museum’s transformation.

Dick will be remembered as a passionate advocate and dedicated supporter of the museum.  He understood that a great nation needs to preserve its history and tell its story at a great national museum.  Behind Dick’s strong sense of duty and steadfast leadership, the museum has taken significant steps forward to reach its goal of engaging and inspiring visitors with the story of America.  His presence and leadership will be greatly missed. We are indeed very grateful for the energy, intellect, passion, and generosity that he shared with us.

The Darman family has requested that contributions in Dick’s memory be made to:

  The National Museum of American History
  c/o Dr. Brent Glass, Director
  P.O. Box 37012
  Room 4206; MRC 622
  Washington, DC  20013-7012

Mr. Darman was a Partner of The Carlyle Group, a global private investment firm, and Chairman of AES Corporation, a global power company.  Before joining Carlyle, he served from l989-93 as Director for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and as a member of President Bush's Cabinet.  Mr. Darman held senior policy positions under five Presidents in six Cabinet Departments and the White House.  In the private sector, Mr. Darman was a director of several public and private corporations, a trustee of CDC Funds and Loomis-Sayles Funds, and a Public Service Professor at Harvard University.  An honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, he was a member of the Harvard Overseers' Committee on University Resources and the Committee to Visit the Kennedy School of Government.  Mr. Darman was a resident of Fairfax County, VA.