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John Palmer Leeper






 

 

John 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.

His 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 circles generally.