HORACE HAVEMEYER III
HAVEMEYER--Horace, III, died March 19, 2014, in his home in New York City of complications from CIDP, a chronic neurological disorder that rendered him quadriplegic in mid-2011. He was 72. He is survived by his beloved and loving wife Eugenie Cowan Havemeyer, his mother Rosalind E. Havemeyer, his siblings Rosalind H. Roosevelt, William E. Havemeyer, and Christian Havemeyer, and his uncle Harry W. Havemeyer. He was a lifelong sailor and a watercolorist. Horace achieved his life-long goal of being a publisher. His trajectory lead from his childhood on a family farm in Dix Hills, Long Island, where sailing became a passion, and the family summer home in Islip designed by Grosvenor Atterbury. He went to East Woods School on Long Island, graduated from Pomfret School and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York, in 1964. He served on the Hobart Board of Trustees from 1980-85 and 1991-97. After college, as the fourth generation of eldest sons, he joined the family business, the National Sugar Refining Company; he began in the Philadelphia factory, learning the chemical processes. When the family business was sold in 1969, he moved to New York City and was Production Planning Supervisor at Doubleday book publishers for a decade. There he learned the editorial and business operations of book publishing and nurtured his thirst for learning, from medieval to contemporary, which he stored in his immense memory bank. Courses at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies led to his working for Skyline, the IAUS journal, until it closed. In 1981, he founded Bellerophon Publications and served as Publisher of Metropolis magazine and of Metropolis Books, a joint venture with DAP since 2002. From its first issue, Metropolis was in the vanguard of architecture and design, encompassing environmental sustainability, and ranging from preservation to contemporary planning. Horace's intellectual and practical curiosity framed his vision for Metropolis: to posit and answer the questions what, why, how, and to focus on the collaborations and challenges involved in any project. Its editorial perspective has been described as "the conscience" of the field. The magazine's reach now includes educational tours led by long-time Editor-in-Chief now Publisher - Susan S. Szenasy. Its competitions, such as Next Generation, discover new talent and new resources, such as the 2013 focus on low-cost solutions for the disabled. Through Metropolis, Horace was instrumental in developing the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, held each May at the Javits Center, and included a vanguard lecture series sponsored by Metropolis. In 2006 the American Society of Interior Designers, New York Metro Chapter, created the Horace Havemeyer III Award to honor his on-going dedication to the design community. Its annual State of Design lectures provide a platform for an open, constructive dialogue on what shapes 21st century design. In December 2006, Horace and Susan were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2007 Horace, Susan and Metropolis received the August Heckscher Award from CIVITAS "for their twenty-five years pursuing enlightened and intelligent documentation of life in urban America, especially New York City". In 2009 the American Institute of Architects awarded Horace, in behalf of Metropolis magazine, the Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement, "reaching a broad cross-section of design disciplines, touching all elements of design excellence, it speaks to elemental and contextual innovation, including, but not limited to ecological insight, livability, and community development; in short, the spectrum of all goals of the architectural profession." He was a co-founder and director of Exploring the Metropolis, Inc., a non-profit organization led by his wife Eugenie Cowan, focused on the built environment, specifically solving workspace issues facing New York's performing arts and cultural communities. A memorial service will be held on May 2, 2014, at 11:00am at St. James' Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Horace's memory be made to Exploring the Metropolis, Inc., 61 West 23rd Street, New York 10010, or to Hospital for Special Surgery: ALS Research c/o Dr. Dale J. Lange, 525 East 71st Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10021.

Published by New York Times on Mar. 23, 2014.
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Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Deena Schmitz
Acquaintance
March 18, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thank you for sharing him with me
Deena Schmitz
Care Coordinator
NYP MICU
April 2, 2014
We are in his debt. Horace was a bright light, committed to advancing society through good design and better thought, clarified by the best writing.
March 30, 2014
Eugenie,
My thoughts and love are with you. Horace was a wonderful person and I will remember him fondly
Jeanne-Marie Bellows
March 25, 2014
What a kind, adoring husband you had, Genie, as well as an interesting and humble
Intellectual; words do not suffice, for your loss and that of Bill, Roddy, and Chris, of their exemplary big brother. Thank God he is at peace.
With loving sympathy for your loss,
Rosalie and family
Rosalie Hornblower
March 25, 2014
My condolences to the family and friends of Horace Havemeyer.
Cheryl
March 25, 2014
Roddy and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
The Faculty and Staff of Miss Hall's School
Janis Martinson
March 25, 2014
Horace was always a kind and gracious gentleman who enjoyed getting to know his much younger cousins of which I was one. I will miss him. Janie H.
Eugenie Havemeyer
March 24, 2014
Horace was always a kind and gracious cousin who enjoyed getting to know his much younger cousins of which I was one. I will miss you. Janie H.
March 24, 2014
Horace was my friend from the minute Ann introduced us. He was supportive of my energy work and guided me through the Havemeyer maze with humor and grace, and I should have hung around with him more.
Tom Strumolo
March 23, 2014
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