Obituaries

  • Elizabeth H. Jones, 94, Conservator, Harvard Art Museums & Boston MFA

    Elizabeth H. Jones, former head of conservation at the Fogg Museum, died on May 20, age 94. Known to friends and colleagues as Betty, she was born in 1918 in nearby Waterbury, where she graduated from St Margaret’s School. She earned a degree in fi...

  • Walt Johnson, 87, Show Producer & Collectors’ Extravaganza Founder

    Walt Johnson, show producer and founder of Collectors’ Extravaganza, died on July 28, in California, with his daughter Nancy Johnson at his side. He will be interred in Des Moines, Iowa, during a private ceremony. Walt founded the Collectors&rsqu...

  • Cynthia J. Coulter, 62, Found Objects Artist

    Cynthia J. Coulter, an accomplished artist whose work with found objects has been widely exhibited and acclaimed throughout the United States, died on April 20 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. Influenced by American fol...

  • Frances Ford Hills, 96, A Lifetime With Antiques

    Frances Ford Hills, who ran Frances Hills Antiques from 1952 to 2000, died on Wednesday, July 10. She was 96 years old. Frances spent her childhood in Owenton, Ky., where she grew up with her seven brothers and sisters, and four half brothers. She began co...

  • Cheryl Robertson, 60, Educator, Design Historian

    Any museum curator needing expertise in Nineteenth or Twentieth Century American decorative arts would have likely contacted Cheryl Ann Robertson, an independent scholar and museum consultant. Her vast knowledge of the Colonial...

  • E. Norman Flayderman, 84; Antique Arms Expert

    E. Norman Flayderman was an astute collector of and expert in antique American arms, a meticulous historian, prolific author, avid hunter and generous with his knowledge — the superlatives could go on and on for this larger-than-life antique ...

  • A.C. Richard Pinto, 87, Retired Estate Auctioneer

    A.C. Richard Pinto, 87, died Saturday, June 22, in Bridgeport Hospital. A.C., along with his late wife, Manja Pinto, operated the A.C. Richard Pinto and Company Estate Auctioneers until his retirement in 2005.  Born in Wate...

  • Marie Devlin Schwarz, 93, Art Gallerist, Active Volunteer

    Marie Devlin Schwarz, 93, of Atlantic City, N.J., and Philadelphia died with her characteristic grace on June 13 at her home on Rittenhouse Square. Marie began working immediately after graduating Atlantic City High. Earliest known for her fur-mo...

  • Kristina Barbara Johnson, Art Collector, Museum Patron

    Kristina Barbara Johnson passed away peacefully on April 18, surrounded by family. She leaves behind her loving daughter, Jeniah “Kookie” Johnson, son-in-law Tom Sheeran, grandchildren Henry and Josie Sheeran and her life partner, Robert Cannon...

  • Paul Williams, 78, Artist, Antiques Collector

    Artist and avid antiques collector Paul Alan Williams, 78, died of a heart attack on February 15 at his home. Paul Williams was born in Detroit in 1934 to parents coming from the French section of Canada and the state of Oklahoma....