Henry Gilbert Gardiner

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Henry Gilbert Gardiner, son of Robert Hallowell Gardiner IV and Elizabeth Denny Gardiner, died peacefully on July 2, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Fla., just two months before his 91st birthday.Raised in Boston and Gardiner, Maine, he graduated from the Brooks School and Harvard College (class of 1950), where he was a member of the Porcellian Club. After a stint in the U.S. Navy and a short career in banking in New York City, he discovered his true talents and passion were for the fine arts. He earned a master's degree in fine arts from Harvard in 1960 and went on to become assistant curator of modern painting and sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1960-1968. He was appointed director of the Fine Arts Gallery in San Diego in 1969-1979, during which period it became the San Diego Art Museum. While in San Diego he met and married Eunice Sherman Haymes in July 1976, and together they moved to West Palm Beach in 1985, where he established Henry Gardiner Fine Art and worked many years as an art appraiser. After Eunice's death in 2011, he began volunteering at the Four Arts Library in Palm Beach as an expert in the art book section, enthusiastically contributing many catalogues of contemporary art exhibits from museums around the country. He also took an interest in promoting the arts in Gardiner, establishing the Creativity Fund for Gardiner in 2013. The Fund has supported many local visual and performing arts projects.Loved and appreciated by many, he is survived by his stepdaughter, Christine Schmidt, her two sons, Charles and Robert, and her grandson Nico; his last surviving brother, Charles W. Gardiner and wife, Jane; 12 nieces; eight nephews; an impressive number of great and great-great nieces and nephews; among other relatives and friends including, Jeanne Hunter and Betse Gori of West Palm Beach and Denise Fitch of San Francisco. His ashes will be interred in the churchyard at Christ Church in Gardiner. To carry on his vision, the family encourages donations in his memory either to:The Creativity Fund for GardinerP.O. Box 26Gardiner, ME 04345, or toJohnson Hall Performing Arts CenterP.O. Box 777Gardiner, ME 04345

Published in Central Maine on Nov. 6, 2018
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