Alyne Queener Armistead Massey, a founder of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and one of Nashville’s most admired philanthropists, died Tuesday surrounded by family at her home. She was 85.
The cause of death has not been disclosed.
A longtime Nashvillian, Massey formerly served on the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and on the boards of the Vanderbilt Heart Institute, the Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, the Preservation Society of Palm Beach, the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach and the Blair House in Washington, D.C.
Massey once served as a reporter with the Nashville Banner and went on to serve as the director of the Women’s Division of Commerce Union Bank. She was the first woman to be elected to the board of trust of Third National Bank and served on the board of Volunteer Capital Corp.
Massey was married to the late Leonard Hearne Armistead Jr. and then later to Jack Massey, who established the Alyne Queener Massey Library at Vanderbilt University in her honor.
Survivors include sons Leonard Hearne (Bill) Armistead III and Robert Hunter Frierson (Bob) Armistead, sister Elizabeth Myers Queener and numerous grandchildren, nephews, nieces and in-laws.