USA: “Mr. American Glass” dies at 83

Renowned glass historian and former museum curator Kenneth M. Wilson died at home after a long battle with leukemia, his wife Alice said. He was 83.
Known as “Mr. American Glass,” Mr. Wilson died 29 …

Renowned glass historian and former museum curator Kenneth M. Wilson died at home after a long battle with leukemia, his wife Alice said. He was 83. Known as “Mr. American Glass,” Mr. Wilson died 29 March 2005, less than two months before the scheduled publication of his fifth book, an antique collectors“ guide to the works of Pairpoint Glass, the oldest American glassmaker. “He worked right until the end,” his wife said. “And he still had things planned. I keep finding his little notes.” During the first Bush presidency The White House called on Mr. Wilson“s expertise when he was asked to inspect and estimate the age of each window in the presidential residence, his wife said. His interest in glass from the colonial era onward was triggered when he was assigned to design a display at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 50 years ago.