Kevin Landry, senior adviser and former CEO and chairman of TA Associates, died Thursday morning of complications from lung cancer, said Philip Nunes, TA Associates spokesman, in an e-mail. He was 69.
Mr. Landry retired last year, stepping down as CEO and chairman of TA Associates after a 45-year career at the firm. He started at the firm in 1968, TA Associates' second hire.
Mr. Landry was “instrumental in TA's evolution from a regional venture capital investor to a leading global growth private equity firm,” according to a memorial statement on the firm's website.
“Kevin was a uniquely talented, multidimensional figure. He was business-smart, street-smart, witty, gregarious, direct to the point of being blunt, and utterly honest, fair and objective, without pretense or phoniness,” the tribute states.
TA Associates partners recently made a $10 million gift for cancer research to Harvard University to endow the Landry Cancer Biology Consortium and the Landry Cancer Research fellowships.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Memorial Church at Harvard University.
The Landry family requests donations in lieu of flowers to the Landry Cancer Biology Consortium. Checks can be made payable to Harvard University referencing the Landry Cancer Consortium and sent to: Recording Secretary Office, Harvard University Development, 124 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138