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textile curator

John Robert Summerfield, American textile curator. Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945.

Background

Summerfield, John Robert was born on February 21, 1917 in St. Paul. Son of Isaac and Irene (Longini) Summerfield.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1938. Master of Business Administration, University California, Berkeley, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University California, Berkeley, 1954.

Career

Assistant professor Sloan School Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1952-1954. Branch chief Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, 1954-1956. Project leader The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California, 1956—1962.

Corporation economist Douglas Aircraft Company, 1962—1966. Vice president economic planning Western Airlines, Los Angeles, 1966-1970. Staff vice president economic planning Pan American Airways, New York City, 1970-1971.

President Summerfield Associates, Pacific Palisades, California, 1972-1992. Visiting curator Fowler Museum Cultural History, University of California at Los Angeles, since 1993. Co-curator exhibitions of antique Minangkabau ceremonial textiles from West Sumatra, Textile Museum, Washington, 1990-1991, Santa Barbara (California) Museum Art, 1991, Bellevue (Washington) Art Museum, 1992, Utah Museum Fine Art, 1992, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California at Los Angeles, 1999, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, College Holy Cross, 2003, 05, 07.

Membership

Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945.

Connections

Married Anne Benson, July 14, 1945.

father:
Isaac Summerfield

mother:
Irene (Longini) Summerfield

spouse:
Anne Benson