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Art museum official

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.


AB cum laude, Harvard University, 1930;Harvard-Yenching fellow, Peking, China, 1930-1935;honorary doctorate, Rockhurst College, 1972;Doctor of Humane Letters, Baker U., 1973;Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia University, 1977;Doctor of Letters, U. Missouri, 1974;Doctor of Laws, U. Missouri, Kansas City The Art Institute of Chicago.


Curator oriental art, Nelson Gallery Art-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missoury, 1935-1945;vice director, Nelson Gallery Art-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missoury, 1946-1953;director, Nelson Gallery Art-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missoury, 1953-1977;director emeritus, consultant to trustees, Nelson Gallery Art-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missoury, 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).


D. Vance Sickman

May Ridding (Fuller) Sickman