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Museum director

Virginia Elnora Lewis, museum director. Salute Kaufmann's Department Store, Pittsburgh, 1974; named Woman of Year Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 1956, Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, 1977.


Lewis, Virginia Elnora was born on April 7, 1907 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Daughter of Dan and Katherine (Barres) Lewis.


Bachelor of Arts Pittsburgh, 1931. Master of Arts, University Pittsburgh, 1935. Postgraduate, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1933.


Proofreader Carnegie Institute of Technology Press, 1931-1933. Member faculty University Pittsburgh, since 1934, professor fine arts, 1957-1967, professor emeritus, since 1967, acting head department, 1954, 57-58, summers 1940-1963. Curator exhibitions Henry Clay Frick fine arts department, 1946-1985.

Head librarian Henry Clay Frick fine arts library, 1963-1965. Assistant director Henry Clay Frick fine arts building, 1965-1967. Director Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh, 1969-1985.

Researcher Helen C. Frick Foundation, 1967-1969. Director Dennis (Massachusetts) Art Gallery, 1953. Consultant, director Westmoreland County Museum Art, 1954-1956.

Advisory group, 1981.



Served as ensign United States Naval Reserve, 1941. Member Society Architectural Historians (director, chairman Pittsburgh chapter 1956), College Art Association American, American Association Museums, Pennsylvania History Society, 100 Friends Pittsburgh Art (executive board), National Trust History Preservation (chairman session 14th annual meeting), Print Council American, Pittsburgh Plan Arts, International Council Museums, Arts and Crafts Center Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Bibliophile Society, Xylon. Clubs: Women's Press, Zonta, Monday Luncheon (president since 1970), Women's City (Pittsburgh).


Dan Lewis

Katherine (Barres) Lewis