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Death of Cora Lee Gibbs, one of Ecolint's earliest students

vendredi, 9 décembre 2016   (0 Comments)
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On 29 September 2016, Cora Lee Gibbs (née Gethman) died in Rhode Island at the age of 92. She attended Ecolint from 1929 to 1939.

She was born in Prague to American parents. The family moved to Geneva in 1928 when her father presided over the World Council of the YMCA. Cora Lee was enrolled at the International School of Geneva, which had opened its doors just four years earlier. Her mother, Helen Maxwell King, became a teacher at the school.

Cora Lee returned to the US in 1939 with her mother; her father had just died and WWII was about to begin. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in art history and, in 1946, married Julian Howard Gibbs. They had four children together and moved to Barrington, RI in 1960 when Julian was appointed professor of chemistry at Brown University.

Governor's Arts Award

Cora Lee was active in arts, educational and civic organizations for more than 50 years in the greater New England area. Her roles included Director of the Newport Art Museum and Curator of Education at both the RISD Museum of Art and the Newport Art Museum. In 1991 she was the recipient of the Governor’s Arts Awards for her lifetime services to arts education in Rhode Island.

Polly Lyman, Director of Development at Newport Art Museum, who kindly informed us of Cora Lee's passing, reports that Ecolint was mentioned several times during the memorial service held for her in October.

> Read full obituary as published in Newport Daily News

Cora Lee Gibbs

Photo: Newport Daily News

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