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William Allison Bostick

William Allison Bostick, museum administrator.


  • Bostick, William Allison was born on February 21, 1913 in Marengo, Illinois, United States. Son of William Frederick and Alice Mabellian (Johnson) Bostick.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communications Management, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1934. Master of Arts in Graphic Arts History, Wayne State University, 1954.


    • Field representative National Rifle Association Graphic Arts Code Authority, Detroit, 1934-1935. Typographer Detroit Typesetting Company, 1935-1936. Advertising designer Evans, Winter, Hebb, Inc., Detroit, 1936-1938.

      Property Commercial Art Studio, 1939-1940. City supervisor printing City of Detroit, 1940-1941, 46. Administrator, secretary Detroit Institute Arts, 1946-1976.

      Property La Stampa Calligrafica, Bingham Farms, Michigan, from 1970. Board trustees member Detroit Institute Arts Founders Society, 1988-1995, executive secretary, 1946-1958, chairman antiquaries, 1988-1995.


    • Author: A Guide to the Guarding of Cultural Property, 1977. Author, illustrator: England Under GI's Reign, 1946, Calligraphy for Kids, 1991, Back to the Second Basic R—'Ritin', 1996. Co-author: The Amphibious Sketch, 1944.

      Designer, illustrator: The Mysteries of Blair House, 1948. Exhibited paintings in numerous shows and private collections.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Designed landing chart/maps for invasions of Sicily and Normandy. Member Scarab Club Detroit (board directors, president 1962-1963, Gold medal 1963, 68, 80), International Torch Club Detroit and Windsor (president 1956-1957), L'Alliance Francaise de Detroit (president 1972-1973, board directors), Prismatic Club Detroit, Antiquaries of Detroit Institute Arts (chairman 1988-1995), Skyline Club, Michigan Water Color Society (president 1946-1947), Michigan Association Calligraphers, Order of Star of Italian Solidarity (knight), French Order Arts and Letters (chevalier), Delta Tau Delta.



    Painting, printmaking, calligraphy, foreign languages, teaching.


    • Married Mary Jane Moore Barbey, June 14, 1942. Children: Beatrice Annette, Christopher.
    • father: William Frederick Bostick
    • mother: Alice Mabellian (Johnson) Bostick
    • spouse: Mary Jane Moore Barbey
    • children: Beatrice Annette Bostick
    • Christopher Bostick
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    Born February 21, 1913
    Died August 15, 2007
    (aged 94)
    • 1934
      Carnegie Institute of Technology
    • 1954
      Wayne State University
    • 1934 - 1935
      Field representative National Rifle Association Graphic Arts Code Author, ity
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1935 - 1936
      typographer Detroit Typesetting Company
    • 1936 - 1938
      advertising designer, Evans
      Winter, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1939 - 1940
      prop. Commercial Art Studio
    • 1940 - 1941
      city supervisor printing City of Detroit
    • 1946 - 1976
      administrator, Detroit Institute Arts
    • 1946 - 1976
      secretary, Detroit Institute Arts
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