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Museum administrator

William Allison Bostick, Museum administrator.


Bostick, William Allison was born on February 21, 1913 in Marengo, Illinois, United States. Son of William Frederick and Alice Mabellian (Johnson) Bostick.


Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communications Management, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1934. Master of Arts in Graphic Arts History, Wayne State University, 1954.


Field representative National Rifle Association Graphic Arts Code Authority, Detroit, 1934-1935. Typographer Detroit Typesetting Company, 1935-1936. Advertising designer Evans, Winter, Hebb, Inc., Detroit, 1936-1938.

Property Commercial Art Studio, 1939-1940. City supervisor printing City of Detroit, 1940-1941, 46. Administrator, secretary Detroit Institute Arts, 1946-1976.

Property La Stampa Calligrafica, Bingham Farms, Michigan, from 1970. Board trustees member Detroit Institute Arts Founders Society, 1988-1995, executive secretary, 1946-1958, chairman antiquaries, 1988-1995.


Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Designed landing chart/maps for invasions of Sicily and Normandy. Member Scarab Club Detroit (board directors, president 1962-1963, Gold medal 1963, 68, 80), International Torch Club Detroit and Windsor (president 1956-1957), L'Alliance Francaise de Detroit (president 1972-1973, board directors), Prismatic Club Detroit, Antiquaries of Detroit Institute Arts (chairman 1988-1995), Skyline Club, Michigan Water Color Society (president 1946-1947), Michigan Association Calligraphers, Order of Star of Italian Solidarity (knight), French Order Arts and Letters (chevalier), Delta Tau Delta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, printmaking, calligraphy, foreign languages, teaching.


Married Mary Jane Moore Barbey, June 14, 1942. Children: Beatrice Annette, Christopher.

William Frederick Bostick

Alice Mabellian (Johnson) Bostick

Mary Jane Moore Barbey

Beatrice Annette Bostick

Christopher Bostick