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Hasty, Janice Mercurio Age 54, of Cambridge, died May 30, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, following a stroke she suffered in Shanghai, China, May 11. She was preceded in death by her younger brother Steven Mercurio and is survived by her husband Christopher Hasty, her mother and father Anne and William Mercurio, and by her brother William. She received a B.A. from Boston College majoring in Political Science and minoring in Classical Studies, a M.B.A. from Babson College in finance (with distinction), a M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, a M.A. from Brandeis University in Musicology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the History of Art, specializing in Early Modern Art and the Italian Renaissance. From 1985 to 1999 she worked at Bank of Boston where she was Vice President and Corporate Relationship Manager, Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Division, and where she originated and managed a $1.6B portfolio with 30 major clients including Harvard University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and New England Conservatory for the renovation of Jordan Hall. While working at the Bank of Boston she took a wide variety of courses at Harvard, New England Conservatory, and the Museum of Fine Arts School. A lifelong passion for the arts and a strong appetite for adventure led her in 1999 to leave the Bank voluntarily and to begin a new career in scholarship. An art historian specializing in 18th-century French art and its connections with music, she gave invited lectures at University College London, the Wallace Collection Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the National Gallery of Art, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery. Her fellowships included the Samuel H. Kress International Travel Fellowship, the Kress Institutional Fellowship, a two-year Samuel H. Kress Pre-doctoral Fellowship at CASVA, and a Paul Mellon Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art. The latter fellowship she reluctantly declined to return to Cambridge where she continued her research and writing as an independent scholar. Throughout her professional careers she was active in volunteer work, notably as a docent and fundraiser for the Museum of Fine Arts from 1994 through 1998 where she served as a key member of the Museum Council Steering Committee managing programming, events, and publicity for the inauguration of MFA First Fridays. Most recently she was working as a Gallery Guide at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and at Longfellow House where she was carrying out archival research on Longfellow's musical interests and his writings about music. Her love of adventure also led her to hike the entire Presidential Range of the White Mountains solo and to join the Norfolk Hunt Club where she was an active member for many years. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, June 26 at 11:00 AM at Memorial Church on the Harvard campus, Dorothy Austin officiating.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 19, 2014
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