Peter Warner, the longtime president of Thames & Hudson, died on September 9 from complications due to myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). He was 79.

Warner cut his teeth in the book and art worlds at Book of the Month Club and the Museum of Modern Art before joining Thames & Hudson, one of the world's best-known publishers of illustrated books, in 1979 as president. He served in that role until 2010, and was also a member of the publisher's board of directors.

During his time at T&H, Warner established a college textbook program (in conjunction with W.W. Norton & Company, T&H's longtime distributor to the U.S. market) in addition to presiding over the house's trade books program. Warner was also an author himself, penning two novels: Lifestyle (Viking) and The Mole: The Cold War Memoir of Winston Bates (St. Martin’s/Dunne).

Warner is survived by his wife, Jill; his children, Emily, Cynthia, and Nicholas; and several grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date, which is still to be announced. In lieu of flowers or gifts, Warner's family requests donations to the MDS Foundation.

This article has been updated with further information.