Former executive director of the San Francisco Film Society Graham Leggat, who stepped down in July citing health concerns, died at his San Francisco home on Thursday, Aug. 25, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51.
"For nearly six exciting and transformative years, Graham Leggat led the San Francisco Film Society with irrepressible determination, dash and design," said Pat McBaine, president of the Film Society's board of directors. "His vision, leadership, passion, work ethic, tenacity, imagination and daring, along with his colorful language and wicked Scottish sense of humor, have indelibly marked our organization with a valuable legacy and left it in the best shape – artistically, organizationally and financially – in its 54-year history.
Graham Leggat, the San Francisco Film Society's executive director since October 2005, has stepped down due to health issues. During his tenure, the Society’s annual operating budget increased more than threefold, allowing the producer of the city’s International Film Festival, America’s oldest, to offer a year-round series of screenings, programs and workshops.