GRAY--Nina, an independent curator of American decorative arts, died at home in Manhattan on May 20, 2013. Nina was born in Boston and attended Phillips Academy, Andover. She received a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. A well known curator of decorative arts and architectural historian, Nina held curatorial positions at The New-York Historical Society from 1985-1990 and later at The Park Avenue Armory. She served as a consultant to numerous institutions including The Brooklyn Museum, The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and several National Park Service properties. She is the author of numerous publications, many the result of her ground-breaking scholarship on the work of Louis C. Tiffany. Nina is recognized for the diversity of her projects, publications and discoveries of previously unknown aspects of American decorative arts that stand as a testament to her passion, diligence and exceptional acuity in research and connoisseurship. She was also an avid collector in many areas, a brilliant craftsperson and active participant in the civic life and historic preservation of the Manhattan neighborhood where she lived for thirty years. Nina was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague. She is survived by her husband John W. (Jack), her children Alexander, a student at Trinity College, and Julia, a student at Northwestern University; her mother, Dr. Selma Rutenburg of Boston; and siblings Richard Rutenburg of Paris and Dr. Karen Segal of New York. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. Alexander Rutenburg and sister, Jeanne Rutenburg. A memorial will take place at the Ethical Culture Society at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to The New-York Historical Society.
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Published in The New York Times on June 2, 2013