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Laurence Chalfont Stevens Sickman

Laurence Chalfont Stevens Sickman, art museum official. Decorated Legion of Merit; knight Commander Royal Order of North Star (Sweden); recipient Charles Lang Freer medal, 1973.


  • Sickman, Laurence Chalfont Stevens was born on August 27, 1906 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of D. Vance and May Ridding (Fuller) Sickman.

  • Education

    • AB cum laude, Harvard University, 1930. Harvard-Yenching fellow, Peking, China, 1935. Doctorate (honorary), Rockhurst College, 1972.

      Doctor of Humane Letters, Baker University, 1973. Doctor of Letters, University Missouri, 1974. Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia University, 1977.

      Doctor of Laws, University Missouri.


    • Curator oriental art Nelson Gallery Art-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, 1935-1945, vice director, 1946-1953, director, 1953-1977, director emeritus, consultant to trustees, 1977-1988. Lecturer, resident fellow Fogg Museum, Harvard University, 1937-1939.



    Member executive committee Art in Embassies program State Department, 1965-1988. Major combat intelligence United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Member Chinese Art Society of America (governor editor Archives 1948-1966), American Council Learned Societies (committee on Far Eastern studies 1948-1953, joint committee Asian studies1967-1969), Far Eastern Association (governor 1951-1953), American Museum Directors, American Oriental Society, Japan Society, Far Eastern Ceramic Group, Association Art Museum Directors United States of America and Canada (president), College Art Association (director), Kansas City Country Club, River Club, Rotary (Kansas City, Missouri).


    • father: D. Vance Sickman
    • mother: May Ridding (Fuller) Sickman
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    Born August 27, 1906
    Died May 7, 1988
    (aged 81)
    • 1930
      Harvard University
    • 1935
    • 1972
      Rockhurst College
    • 1973
      Baker University
    • 1974
      University Missouri
    • 1977
      Columbia University
    • 1935 - 1945
      Curator oriental art Nelson Gallery Art-Atkins Museum
      Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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