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Center and is now spending time in rural Wisconsin where
he continues to do landscape painting. He intends to pursue
conservation again in the near future. He can now be reached at
davidchandler2102 [at] yahoo __ com.
Mark Leonard has been appointed as Chief Conservator at the
Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). Mark was previously head of the
Paintings Conservation Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum,
but stepped down in 2010 to pursue his career as an artist. This
position signals a new stage in the DMA’s conservation program
which will include the addition of staff and the renovation of its
onsite spaces to include a paintings conservation studio.
Kent Severson was recently appointed to the position of
conservator at Shangri La, a center for Islamic arts and cultures
supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Shangri La is housed in the former Honolulu residence of late
philanthropist Doris Duke. Prior to his appointment, Severson
was a conservator in private practice based in Boston. Since
2010 he has also been Visiting Instructor in Collections Care
and management for the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation
of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq, and he has provided
conservation care at many archaeological sites in the Middle
East throughout his career.
Dianne van der Reyden recently retired as Director for
Preservation at the Library of Congress (LC) and a long
career at the Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian
Institution. She will continue at the LC as a visiting scholar in
the Preservation and Research Testing Division, as well as on
the board of Heritage Preservation and the visiting committee
for the Mellon Project for Library and Archives Conservation
Education. Her email address remains Dvan [at] loc __ gov.
Bill Hickman, dear friend and colleague, passed away early in
2012 of a sudden illness. He was a talented objects conservator,
as well as an avid bird watcher, hiker, and lover of books, history
(especially the 19th-century), photographs, and so much more.
He loved writing letters. He was eloquent and a great story
teller. Everything interested Bill; and his near photographic
memory allowed him to share extraordinary experiences with
everyone who was dear to him.
He was born to Jack Walter Hickman and Mary Landers
Hickman in Indianapolis and lived there, until moving to Tampa
in 1970 where his father became the Associate Dean of the
medical school at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Phone: 212 219 2394
After he graduated from high school (Berkeley Preparatory
School), he went on to Franklin & Marshall College and earned
a bachelors in English in 1978. He received a Masters in English
from Columbia University and then studied historic preserva-
tion at Columbia. This led to enrollment at Institute of Fine Arts
Conservation Program, New York University (NYU) where
he graduated with degrees in Art History and Conservation in
the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) as a conservator in
November of 1987, while still attending graduate school at
NYU. His conservation work was beautiful and masterful, and
he specialized in Remington sculpture. In 1989, he shifted to the
Registrars department, first as registrar, then as assistant conser-
vator, and he remained at the MMA for another 14 years. Bill
left the museum in 2003.
After so many years of devoted work in NYC and concurrent
travel to Florida to take care of his ill mother, Bill moved west
to fulfill a childhood dream that had been fostered by spending
summers at a camp in Arizona. He moved to Los Angeles,
where he bought a condominium in the Marina Del Rey area,
continued all of his hobbies, and took up day trading. He loved
his new city—the beaches, nature hikes, historic landmarks all
contributed to his pleasure at being settled in a new place with a
Bill had recently decided to move back to Boston to be
near his sister Anne, her family, and his entire extended family.
He was an adoring brother to his two sisters and uncle to their
families—Beth in Kentucky and Anne in Boston. They all
looked forward to having him near. He was meticulous in his
gift giving, making sure his family always got proper educational
history and science books, as well as choosing items particular
and special to each one.
His rare gift of memory for everything he read and experi-
enced touched all who knew him in a very remarkable way. He
lived life fully with all of his senses and he had many more plans.
He will be deeply missed always.
Those who wish to remember Bill can make donations to
St. Richard’s Episcopal School
33 East 33rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
—Caroline Rieger, cr [at] RiegerArtConservation __ com