Coggeshall Farm Museum, RI

Eleanor Langham promoted to executive director.

EcoTarium, MA

Kerry E. Castorano appointed director of institutional advancement.

Florence Griswold Museum, CT

After over forty years of service Director Jeff Andersen is planning to step down after a new director is appointed.

Forbes House Museum, MA

Heidi Vaughn appointed executive director.

Harvard Art Museums, MA

Makeda Best appointed Richard L. Menschel curator of photography.

Historic Deerfield, Inc., MA

Anne Lanning promoted to senior vice president.

Historic Deerfield, Inc., MA

David E. (Ned) Lazaro promoted to curator of textiles.

Maine Maritime Museum

Anne Witty appointed chief curator, replacing Senior Curator Nathan Lipfert, who will be retiring in April 2017, after spending more than four decades at the museum.

Marblehead Museum, MA

Lauren McCormack appointed curator of collections.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, NH

Patti Violette appointed executive director.

Mystic Museum of Art, CT

Dan Pearson appointed manager of external affairs.

Nantucket Historical Association, MA

Dr. William Tramposch will retire from his position as Gosnell Executive Director in the spring of 2017.

Norman Rockwell Museum, MA

Martin Mahoney to the museum's newly created position director of curatorial operations.

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME

Michael Mansfield appointed executive director.

Royal House and Slave Quarters, MA

Amy Peters Clark appointed educator coordinator.

Rufus Porter Museum, ME

Martha Cummings appointed director.

The Trustees of Reservations, MA

Julie Hall Williams appointed director of annual giving and major giving.

The Trustees of Reservations, MA

Guy Hermann appointed general manager of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard and the Old Manse in Concord, and Farandnear in Shirley.

In Memorandum

Edward H. Able Jr.
Former American Alliance for Museums President and CEO Ed Able, Jr., passed away December 23 at age 72. He spent two decades at the helm of AAM, from 1986-2006, and served many other nonprofits and associations throughout his career. The Alliance will make a contribution in his memory and pay tribute in a future issue of Museum.

In Memorandum

E. Verner Johnson
E. Verner Johnson of Boston, an internationally distinguished museum architect whose vision, innovation and leadership set new standards for museum design and planning, and who contributed to the evolution of cultural institutions over the past 50 years, passed away on February 24 at the age of 79. During his long career, Mr. Johnson was involved with the architectural design and comprehensive master planning of over 200 museum projects. As a graduate student, he was hired by Bradford Washburn, the director of Boston's Museum of Science, to design a photography exhibit on Africa. In 1965, Mr. Johnson established the firm of E. Verner Johnson Architect, Inc., and from the earliest days of his practice, he specialized exclusively in museum planning and design. His first museum building project, at the age of 28, was the massive expansion of the Museum of Science which added the lobby, the Blue Wing exhibit space, the Theater of Electricity, and the parking garage. Mr. Johnson's design innovations - open, flexible exhibit areas structured in long-span pre-cast concrete; glass railings to increase visual connections; the first museum escalators; a central multi-level exhibit orientation space - had never been seen in a museum before, but have now been widely adopted. Other projects in the Boston area include the planning for the expansion and reorganization of the Museum of Fine Arts, the expansion and renovation of the MIT Museum, and the planning and design of the New England Aquarium's IMAX theater and the Science Discovery Museum in Acton. Friends and colleagues are invited to join the family for a celebration of Mr. Johnson’s life on Thursday, April 27, 4-6pm, in the d’Arbeloff Suite at the Museum of Science in Boston.

In Memorandum

Albert T. Klyberg
The former longtime executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Society and well-known figure in state history, passed away January 9. Klyberg's many honors included his 2014 induction into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Rhode Island College in 1986. In 2003, he became the second recipient of the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities.