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In Memoriam | Eiteljorg Museum remembers volunteer Jack Van Atta Skillman

by Cathy Burton, Eiteljorg Beeler Family director of education | Jan 24, 2014

 

Retired engineer Jack Van Atta Skillman served for many years as a volunteer at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. He died Jan. 21 at the age of 91. Eiteljorg Director of Education Cathy Burton took some time today to reflect on what Jack brought to the Eiteljorg each time he entered the building.
 
Jack and his wife Ruth participated in many Eiteljorg museum events. You will see his name in the Mihtohseenionki Gallery. During the Eiteljorg's building of that gallery and the later expansion, Jack and Ruth were solid supporters, as well as cheering on the staff.

Jack was an enthusiastic guide and worked also on the hands-on carts. I wish I could show you how he used his wonderful smile and expressive manner to capture the interest of school children and the public visitors. He had a special style and drew people into the stories and interpretation he used in our galleries.  We have missed him, but every time I see a sparkle in the eye of a volunteer, a little of Jack will be here.


- Cathy Burton, Eiteljorg Beeler Family director of education

Click here to read Jack Van Atta Skillman's full obituary.

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