From the beginning, Matt was also involved in civic activities such as the Albany Boys’ Club and Family and Children’s Service. Five years later the family business had been sold and Matt had gone to work for the New York State Lottery Commission. Five years after that, he reported himself involved in a new publishing enterprise, but it was apparently the sale of the family business founded by his great-grandfather that enabled Matt to become more deeply involved in charitable activities in the Albany area, taking leadership roles in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Capital Repertory Theatre, the Albany Medical Center, and various organizations dedicated to historic preservation. Matt and his wife, Phoebe, donated millions of dollars to these and other causes, but gave even more generously of their time and expertise.
Matt came to Princeton from the Albany Academy and became a member of Campus Club. He wrote his thesis on the relationship between labor and the Roman Catholic Church.
Matt is survived by his wife, Phoebe; their two sons, Chris and Jeffrey; their daughter, Jean; and eight grandchildren.