Remembering a Few of Our Friends

The Cleveland Museum of Art in spring

By Cindy Fink
Director of Marketing and Communications

As we begin a new year, we wanted to first pause to remember a few of the museum’s friends who passed away in 2010 after making significant contributions to the life and legacy of our institution. These remarkable individuals forever changed the museum because of their efforts, passion and support.

Penelope Buchanan
Mrs. Buchanan managed the Teacher Resource Center for the museum’s education department for many years and retired in 2003. In addition, she was an honorary trustee. Mrs. Buchanan launched the Greater Cleveland Teacher Center in 1973 to provide year-round professional development opportunities for teachers and served as director from 1973 to 1979.  

James H. Dempsey, Jr.
Mr. Dempsey became a member of the board of trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1964. During his tenure as board president from 1980 to 1985, the museum conducted its first capital campaign for the construction of a wing housing nine galleries and the Ingalls Library. Mr. Dempsey was the second largest donor to the building fund at that time as well as a donor of American furniture to the museum’s collections.

Maxeen Stone Flower
Mrs. Flower was an inaugural member of the honorary trustee class in 2003. In recent years, she exhibited her still life photographs at the Cleveland Art Institute, Cleveland Playhouse and elsewhere, winning awards in juried shows.

Suzanne Kelley
Mrs. Kelley was the wife of Ward Kelley, an honorary trustee of the museum. An accomplished knitter, she spent much of her time instructing others, selling knitwear, and creating products of her own design. Mrs. Kelley was a member of the museum’s Paintings & Drawings Society and the Circles program that provides important financial support to the museum.

Ted Kilroy
Mr. Kilroy was the husband of Angela (Ingie) Kilroy, a life trustee at the museum. Mr. Kilroy led his family’s business to become one of the largest steel fabrication and erection companies in the Midwest. He was a member of the museum’s Founder’s Society and an avid supporter of the museum.  

Ann Lurie
Mrs. Lurie began in the museum’s paintings department in 1956 and managed the museum’s annual May Show, a juried competition of local artists. She rose to the position of curator of paintings in the late 1970s. She remained in the post even after retirement through part-time work, beginning in 1991. She published and lectured extensively and organized dozens of exhibitions for the museum during her four decades of service.

Dr. Paul J. Vignos, Jr.
Dr. Vignos was a life trustee of the museum. In 2003, the Ingalls Foundation endowed the Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos Jr. Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the museum. He was a life long collector of art and an avid supporter of our institution.


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