FRELINGHUYSEN--Hon. Peter H. B. The Trustees and staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art mourn the passing of distinguished colleague, friend, and benefactor. Peter Frelinghuysen, whose long-time and generous support was felt in many areas of the Museum for nearly 50 years. A Trustee since 1968 and Trustee Emeritus since 1990, he served on a number of committees, in the areas of acquisitions, education, and drawings, prints, and American paintings and sculpture. With his late wife Beatrice, and through gifts from the Frelinghuysen Foundation, he donated important works of art and contributed funds toward the Museum's curatorial and scholarly activities, capital projects, publications, and acquisitions, including his partial gift in 1999 of Manet's “The ‘Kearsarge' at Bologna.” He cared deeply about the Metropolitan Museum, and his friendship, dedication, and generosity in its many forms have contributed greatly to the Museum's continuing evolution and excellence. We will miss him, and we extend condolences to his entire family. James R. Houghton, Chairman Thomas P. Campbell, Director Emily K. Rafferty, President

Published in The New York Times on May 26, 2011