Ingie and Ted Kilroy pursued their passion for collecting American Decorative Arts throughout their 60 years of marriage. It was Ingie’s avocation and Ted gave her his unwavering support. Ingie and Ted’s love of American history was shared with their children. There is not a plantation or historical monument between Cleveland and Florida that the family did not visit while Ingie delivered a riveting history lesson. As Harold Sack states in his book, American Treasure Hunt: The Legacy of Israel Sack, “Ingie has probably read every book and catalogue extant on the subject of early Americana.” Harold was their mentor, guide and friend. Over decades of collecting, Ingie became an expert in her own right and was respected in the field of American Decorative Arts. Ingie served on the Executive Committee of the Friends of American Arts at Yale and the Governing Board of the Yale University Art Gallery. Ingie was a member of the Women’s Council of The Cleveland Museum of Art since 1971. She was a Trustee from 1978-2000 and a Life Trustee from 2000 until her death. Ingie and Ted built one of the finest private collections of Americana in the country and made many close friends along the way. They will be missed by the American Decorative Arts community.
25 January 2014 | 2:00 PM EST | New York