FORT WORTH (AP/CBSDFW) — The only daughter of longtime Fort Worth publisher and promoter Amon G. Carter and creator of a museum of American art dedicated in his name has died at age 89.

Ruth Carter Stevenson’s death Sunday night at her Fort Worth was announced in a statement issued Monday by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

The statement says she was instrumental in seeing her father’s wish for a museum specializing in Western art to be created.

The art collected by the longtime publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram formed the core of the museum’s collection when it opened in January 1961.

She was the first woman to be appointed to the board of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The President of the Arts Council of Fort Worth, Judy Ulich, sent a statement to CBS 11 News saying, “It is with profound sadness that we at the Arts Council of Fort Worth learn of Ruth Carter Stevenson’s passing today.

As the founder and matriarch of the Arts Council, we serve Fort Worth because of her vision and passion for the arts and for this city we call home.

Mrs. Stevenson is a true visionary and the Cultural District will forever serve as a reminder of her love for Fort Worth.”

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