Sam Olkinetzky Obituary
 
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Sam Olkinetzky

November 22, 1919 - November 26, 2012
Obituary

Sam Olkinetzky died peacefully on November 26, 2012, in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born in New York City on November 22, 1919, to Isidor and Jennie Zuckerman Olkinetzky. He graduated from. Brooklyn College in 1942, served in the Army Air Corps from .1942 to 1945, and was sta¬tioned in England, where he participated in bombing raids over Nazi Germany during World War II. He completed his doctoral studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, which is conducted by New York University and the. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, then taught Art History at Oklahoma A & M (now OSU) for 10 years. He came to OU in 1957, where he was a member of...
Sam Olkinetzky died peacefully on November 26, 2012, in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born in New York City on November 22, 1919, to Isidor and Jennie Zuckerman Olkinetzky. He graduated from. Brooklyn College in 1942, served in the Army Air Corps from .1942 to 1945, and was sta¬tioned in England, where he participated in bombing raids over Nazi Germany during World War II.

He completed his doctoral studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, which is conducted by New York University and the. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, then taught Art History at Oklahoma A & M (now OSU) for 10 years. He came to OU in 1957, where he was a member of the faculty of the School of Art, and served as Director of the OU Museum of Art until his retirement in December, 1983.

During this time, he also served as Visiting Professor of Art and Humanities at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and Langston University. He was for many years an appraiser for state, municipal, and private collections, and a Senior Examiner for the Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums. An artist, as well as a historian, his work was exhibited in such places as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York City, and may be found in many public and private collections. He was the recipient of the St. Gaudens and the Alexander Medals in New York, and the Governor's Art Award in Oklahoma.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Nathan and Reuben. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sammie Sturdevant Olkinetzky; a son, Jov Olkinetzky, and his wife, Reba; a daughter, Tova Olkinetzky--all of Norman; a granddaughter, Laurel Grace Olkinetzky, of Anchorage, Alaska; and several nephews and nieces in the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas.

A lifelong liberal, Sam was an active supporter of organizations protecting the rights of ethnic minorities, promoting animal welfare, and protecting the environment. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather; an artist of integrity; and a strong advocate for the arts in education.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

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