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In Memoriam: Evie Kaiser

Hood Quarterly, winter 2013

The Hood Museum of Art lost one of its most devoted advocates, Evelyn Mae Kaiser, on September 11, 2012. Evie volunteered on Thursdays for nearly twenty-six years in the Hood Museum Shop, cultivating customers who returned again and again to make their purchases with an engaged, knowledgeable salesperson. Evie brought orderliness, helpfulness, loyalty, and a mathematically precise artistry to the job. Customers would seldom conclude their transactions without an introduction and usually a rejoinder about someone they might know in common. Evie also passed along her enthusiasm for Dartmouth College to the museum shop visitors.

In 2002, Evie received the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the Hood Museum of Art. In addition to her success at the shop, she was a committed volunteer to other organizations as well. Another major effort over the course of four decades was chief-consultant responsibilities with the Psi Upsilon fraternity at Dartmouth College. Along with her husband, she counseled, hosted, mentored, and advised generations of undergraduates, working tirelessly to promote the growth of these young men. Evie was always quick to help when needed, both at the Hood and well beyond it. She will be remembered for her insight and intelligence but also for her wit, kindness, and delight in laughter.

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