GRABAR--Oleg, died on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 81 years old and is survived by Terry, his wife of 59 years, his son Nicolas, daughter-in-law Jennifer Sage and grandchildren Henry, Olivia and Margaret. He will also be remembered by his beloved family in France, his many friends in Princeton, Cambridge and elsewhere, and an immense circle of colleagues, students, correspondents and readers throughout the world. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton at 10:30am on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Oleg Grabar was a distinguished scholar of Islamic art and architecture and a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey (1990 - 1998), Harvard University (1969 - 1990) and the University of Michigan (1954 - 1969). Born in Strasbourg in 1929, he studied at the University of Paris, Harvard University (A.B. 1950) and Princeton University (Ph.D. 1955) and became a U.S. citizen in 1960. Professor Grabar was a prolific and inexhaustible scholar, teacher and author. He wrote more than 30 books in English and French, which have been translated into many languages, and more than 100 articles. The Formation of Islamic Art, first published in 1978, and the two-volume Pelican history of Islamic art and architecture are standards in the field, as are his monographs on the Dome of the Rock, the Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Isfahan. He was a mentor to several generations of scholars of Islamic art, an organizer of colloquia, scholarly organizations, journals and prizes, and the recipient of numerous honors. Most recently in November 2010, his life's work was recognized by the Chairman's Award from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Oleg Grabar's days were animated by a spirit of curiosity, energy and wonder, and by his gifts of enthusiasm and generosity towards his students, colleagues, friends and family.
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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 10, 2011