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Thomas Hoving, Museum and cultural affairs consultant, author. Decorated knight Legion of Honor France; recipient Bronze medal Citizens Budget Committee, 1966; Cue magazine award, 1966; Distinguished Achievement award Advertising Club American, 1966; Distinguished Contribution award Park Association New York City, 1967; Elsie de Wolfe award American Institute Interior Designers, 1967; Woodrow Wilson award Princeton University, 1977.


HOVING, Thomas was born on January 15, 1931 in New York, United States. Son of Walter Hoving and Mary Osgood Field.


Bachelor, Princeton University, 1953. Master of Fine Arts, Princeton University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1959.

HHD (honorary), Princeton University, 1968. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hofstra University, 1966. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pratt Institute, 1967.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), New York University, 1968. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Middlebury College, 1968.


Staff, Medieval Metropolitan Museum Art and The Cloisters, 1959-1965; curator, Medieval Metropolitan Museum Art and The Cloisters, 1965-1966; commissioner parks, New York City, 1966-1967; administrator, Department Recreation and Cultural Affairs, 1967; director, Metropolitan Museum Art, 1967-1977; president, Hoving Associations, Inc. museum and cultural affairs consultant firm, Hoving Associations, Inc., New York City, since 1977; president special music exhibitions, The Planning Corporation, 1983-1991; arts and entertainment correspondent, ABC-television show 20/20, 1978-1984; editor, Connoisseur magazine, 1981-1991.



Former trustee Institute Fine Arts New York University Served as Lieutenant United States Marine Corps, 1953-1955. Member American Institute of Architects (honorary).


  • Other Interests

    Sailing, skiing, bicycling, flying.


Married Nancy Melissa Bell, October 3, 1953. 1 daughter, Petrea Bell.

Walter Hoving

Mary (Osgood Field) Hoving

Nancy Melissa Bell