Former Oklahoma City art museum curator's death unexpected by most

Hardy George, who died July 10, was chief curator emeritus for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and a respected expert in the art world.
BY HEATHER WARLICK MOORE hwarlick@opubco.com Published: July 16, 2011
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Hardy George, the chief curator emeritus for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, died July 10.

He was 78.

George died one month after being formally diagnosed with stage four malignant melanoma, his brother Don Brittin said.

George kept his illness private until he entered a hospital just weeks before his death, Brittin said.

George bequeathed his body to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

“He wanted to be useful beyond his time and he thought that would help somebody,” Brittin said. “He told me no memorial, no funeral.”

George's body is to be buried in a family plot in Davis, Brittin said.

Though he retired in fall of 2010, George continued working at the museum until recently.

“You know I love the museum,” were among the last words he said to James Meade, a lifetime member of the museum's board of trustees, who worked closely with George.

George was born Dec. 2, 1932, to Hardy and Anestelle Cook George.

George's mother was a professional artist who inspired her son's curiosity about art and culture.

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