Anthony Marshall, son of Brooke Astor, dead at age 90

Tony and Charlene Marshall. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Tony and Charlene Marshall.

NEW YORK, NY — Anthony Marshall, son of socialite and philanthropist the Brooke Astor, the late grande dame of summer society in Northeast Harbor, died Nov. 30. He was 90 years old.

Marshall, along with one of his mother’s lawyers, were convicted of swindling millions of dollars from her estate in 2009. Astor died in 2007 at the age of 105.

Although convicted, Marshall had been free until this past June as the case has been on appeal. In August he was granted parole due to his failing health. According to the New York Times, Marshall expressed love for his mother and regret for his handling of his mother’s financial affairs at the time of his parole.

In the spring of 2012 Marshall’s share of his mother’s estate was cut in half to $14.5 million. It was based on an earlier will, rather than one changed after Astor was suffering from dementia. It granted greater control and an additional $1 million a year to Marshall.

Problems with the will came to light in 2006 when Marshall’s son Phillip filed a lawsuit against his father accusing him of taking millions in cash and property from Astor.

Through out his legal troubles, Marshall denied any wrong-doing.

Affidavits from Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters and David Rockefeller Sr., were filed in the case. Whoopi Goldberg sent a letter of support to the court on Marshall’s behalf.

Among the disputed assets was the $5.5-million Northeast Harbor summer home “Cove End,” which Astor signed over to Marshall in 2003. He later transferred it to his wife Charlene.

Marshall was a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran, former ambassador to Madagascar and investment banker who served on the boards of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was also a former Central Intelligence Agency operative and a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer.

In her will, Astor bequeathed money to a Maine Community Foundation trust to benefit school children in Northeast Harbor and funds for College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.

Service information has not been released.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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