Pete Elliott was a standout quarterback at Michigan.
Pete Elliott was a standout quarterback at Michigan.
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CANTON, Ohio — Pete Elliott, the longest-tenured executive director in the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died.

He was 86.

Mr. Elliott served as the museum’s director from 1979 to 1996 and continued as a member of the Hall’s board of trustees in his retirement.

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‘‘Pete was beloved by the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family, including the staff, board of trustees, and the Hall of Fame members,’’ said Steve Perry, the organization’s president and executive director. ‘‘He was a kind and thoughtful person and an inspiration to us all. We are all better for having had him in our lives.’’

Mr. Elliott, known for his affable personality, was an All-American quarterback at Michigan in the 1940s before a long career in coaching.

He was admitted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.