Edward L. Kallopp Jr. ’46

Edward L. Kallopp Jr. ’46 died on February 14, 2016, in Wayne, Maine.

(The following was published in The Waterville Morning Sentinel/Kennebec Journal on February 15, 2016):

WAYNE – Edward L. Kallop, Jr., 90, of Wayne, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at his home. He was born in 1926 in Newark, N.J., the son of Edward Louis and Anna Elizabeth (Nichols) Kallop.

Edward graduated from Bowdoin College in 1948, then in 1954 from Princeton University with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of Art and Archaeology.

Mr. Kallop spent much of his life in professional museum work, beginning in 1954 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va. Subsequently, under sponsorship of the US State Department, he served as curator to accompany an exhibition of American college and university art collections which in 1956 and ’57 traveled to ten European university centers. Upon return from Europe, he was appointed associate curator for exhibitions at the Cooper Union, now Cooper-Hewitt Museum in NY.

In 1970 he joined the National Park Service as curator for collections at the State of Liberty National Monument and its newly opened American Museum of Immigration. Four years later he was appointed supervisory curator for historical collections at all National Park Service sites throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. He was an authority on the design models and historical replicas of the Statue of Liberty, and served as unofficial advisor to Christie’s in New York when the auction house embarked on the sale of several historical pieces. At the same time, he was also the author of a published work on the subject which appeared in 1986 as catalogue for an exhibition in New York during celebrations of the Statue’s centennial.

Retiring to Wayne, where his family had been longtime summer residents, Mr. Kallop led an active life in community affairs, serving on various town committees, including in 1990 as committee chair for Wayne’s Maine Street ’90’ celebrations, and in 1998 as co-chair of the Wayne Bicentennial Committee. He was among founding members of the Wayne Historical Society in 1998, and subsequently a member of the town-appointed Archival Board, with responsibility for the preservation and maintenance of the Town of Wayne Historical Collection.

He was author of three books published by the historical society, the first in 2001 about Wayne’s industrial life in the late 19th century, and the second two years later on the history of the North Wayne Tool Company. The third, a popular work published in 2005, is titled “Golden Summertime: a portrait of Vacation Life in Wayne, Maine, 1890-1960.” For the society’s 10th anniversary in 2008 he served as co-editor and was one of several contributing authors for another popular work titled “A Happy Abundance-Tales, Memoirs and More, Past and Present in Wayne, Maine.” In 2011 appeared his last book, a personal memoir of his early experiences abroad. Published by Maine’s Soleil Press, it was titled “On to Paris We Sped-The Adventures of a Young American Traveling through Europe in the 1950’s.”

He is survived by Edwin T. Baker of Wayne; numerous distant relatives and many friends.

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