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EVANS, ELAINE ALTMAN - passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012 following a stroke. She is survived by her brother Dr. Bruce Altman, Berwick, Maine, and high school friend Winnie Wallace, Kent Island, MD, whose five children and their families called her Aunt Elaine. Elaine joined the staff of the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1971 serving as Curator until her death. Prior to coming to the McClung Museum, she was on the staff in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Elaine received a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University and a Master's degree from the University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland in Lesotho, South Africa in 1967. Her three year experience in Africa afforded opportunities to study the cultures and arts of the many parts of Africa that she visited. While in Lesotho she taught at nearby mission schools and the University. After her return to the United States and subsequent move to Knoxville, Elaine's deep commitment to propagating the importance of museums and the protection of cultural property led her to teach a course in museology at the University of Tennessee from 1974-1978. During her tenure at the McClung Museum, Elaine curated 20 temporary exhibits and over 100 smaller case exhibits, her most recent major exhibition being Napoleon and Egyptomania in Tennessee. Her extensive knowledge of material culture led to the long term exhibition of decorative arts from the McClung Museum collections in The Decorative Experience. Her passion for ancient Egypt led Elaine to focus on this subject over the last 25 years. This interest was manifest in the permanent exhibition Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice and numerous publications, reports, and presentations, as well as the acquisition of objects, antique photographs, and prints. She personally collected stamps and postcards with a focus on Egypt. Elaine loved to travel, especially to Egypt and Italy and the great museums of Europe, where she honed her expertise on ancient Egyptian art and culture. Whenever there was a nearby exhibition on ancient Egypt, Elaine was there with a bus tour. Elaine loved and supported the Knoxville Opera and Symphony, and was active in a number of organizations including the American Research Center in Egypt, the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East, The International Association of Egyptologists, the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center, the Knoxville Philatelic Society, the Torch Club, the Faculty Women's Club, Ossoli, P.E.O. Chapter J, and the East Tennessee Postcard Club. Friends will gather on Sunday, May 6, 4:00 PM at the McClung Museum to name the Egyptian gallery in her honor. Memorial gifts can be made to the Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-3200 or to the .

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Mar. 22 to Mar. 25, 2012
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