Palmer Leeper was born in 1921 in Denison, Texas. He earned a
B.S. in journalism from Southern Methodist University and an M.A. in
art history from Harvard University.
John Palmer Leeper served as the director of the Marion Koogler McNay Art
Museum in San Antonio, Texas (1954 - 1990). He was
author of numerous books and other publications in the art field.
wife Blanche Magurn Leeper was born in 1911 in Boston, Massachusetts;
BA in philosophy and MA in Fine Arts from Radcliffe College; she was
assistant curator of Oriental Art at the William Hayes Fogg Art Museum
at Harvard; assistant to the director, Pasadena Art Musuem, 1950 -
1953; she was a librarian at the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum (1954
Blanche married John Leeper in 1953; from 1954 - 1990 John
served as the director of the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum in San
Antonio, Texas, and Blanche became a librarian there in 1954.
The Special Collections of the Charles
E. Young Research Library
at UCLA has a collection of 147 letters and postcards written by
Blanche and John P. Leeper, describing their activities at the Pasadena
Art Institute (now Pasadena Art Museum) and in Southern California art