Stuart Jackson Horn III, 77, died on Saturday, November 5. He was known to so many in the antiques trade †first as a partner with Jim Parker for 30 years in Jackson-Mitchell Antiques, which they closed in 2003. Stu was an active member of The Antiques Council and in recent years was always helping Elinor Gordon at her shows.
Jim and Stu were longtime exhibitors in almost every major antiques show in the country: longtime fixtures at the Ellis Show in Boston, the Winter Antiques Show every January in New York City, Houston’s Theta Show, the Delaware Show, Southport-Westport and many others. Following his retirement from his long career at E.I. DuPont in 1986, Stu spent more time in the antiques business and was very active with The Antiques Council, serving several shows as the director of facilities. His genial nature enabled him to manage the loading in and out †always a challenging time, often fraught with gnashing of teeth and difficult situations.
He and Jim also started a business partnership, Phoenix Enterprises and Phoenix Restorations.
Stu was born in Joplin, Mo., in 1934, the son of Margaret (Watchie) and Stuart J. Horn. He grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas, and graduated in 1952 from Pittsburg High School. He attended Baker University for one year before enlisting in the US Coast Guard, where he served for four years. Stuart continued his education at Kansas State Teachers College and graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s of science degree. Stu then worked for E.I. DuPont in various cities, ending in Philadelphia for several years and took early retirement in 1986.
His parents; one nephew, John Butler; and one niece, Barbara Wilson, preceded him in death. Survivors include his sister, Margaret Butler, and her husband Ron of Pittsburg; two nieces and their husbands, Ronda and Randy Lung of Mesa, Arizona, and Susan and David Touchton of Pittsburg; seven great-nieces; and one great-nephew.
At his request, services were private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria VA 22312.