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A. Everett Austin, Jr. (December 18, 1900 – March 29, 1957)

Arthur Everett Austin, Jr. was the innovative and pacesetting director of the Wadsworth Atheneum from 1927 through 1944. Austin's visionary gift included persistence in the introduction of then-modern theater and modern design and especially contemporaneous art. Salvador Dalí, Alexander Calder, and Gertrude Stein benefited from his advocacy. Austin was appointed director of the Wadsworth Atheneum at the age of 26, and simultaneously joined the staff of Trinity College, Hartford, where he founded the fine arts department and taught throughout his tenure while director of the Wadsworth. In 1929, Austin married Helen Goodwin in Paris. The Goodwins were among the founders of Hartford, and related to and closely allied with the family of Hartford-born J. Pierpont Morgan, one of the Wadsworth Atheneum's great benefactors. Eventually they both realized that Chick’s affairs with Tommy Hughes, Jim Hellyar and others were becoming public knowledge and that they were headed for public scandal. Helen agreed that it would be wise if Chick left Hartford. When in 1947 he was offered the directorship of the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, which held the largest collection of baroque paintings in the country, he accepted, and took off for Florida with Jim. He and Helen remained friends, confidants, and married for the next ten years. But when he became ill with cancer he returned to Hartford and died with Helen and his two grown children, but not Jim, at his bedside.

Timeline & Places:

• December 18, 1900: born.

• 1910s: Noble and Greenough School, 10 Campus Dr, Dedham, MA 02026, Stati Uniti

• 1910s: attended Phillips Academy, 180 Main St, Andover, MA 01810, Stati Uniti

• 1910s: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, Stati Uniti

• 1930: built the A. Everett Austin House, 130 Scarborough St, Hartford, CT 06105, Stati Uniti

• March 29, 1957: died. Buried at Cemetery On the Hill, Range Rd, Windham, NH 03087, Stati Uniti


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