By Andrea Shea

Ted Cutler, one of Boston’s most generous philanthropists, has died at 86 years old. His family says he passed away of complications from lung disease.

Cutler, a widely-known arts patron, described himself as a “Dorchester boy.”

“I think of him often as Boston’s ultimate culture vulture,” says Robert Orchard, ArtsEmerson founding director. The group directs programming at the Paramount and Cutler Majestic theatres. Orchard worked closely with Cutler for years and remembers him as a vigorous man who was out almost every night of the week.

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