NEW YORK — Former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Hoving, died of lung cancer on Thursday morning. He was 78.
Thomas Hoving was the son of businessman Walter Hoving, head of Tiffany & Co. After graduating from Princeton in 1959 with a PhD in art, Thomas Hoving went to work for the Met, serving on the staff of the medieval department at The Cloisters. As the Met's director from 1967 to 1977, at age 35 Hoving became the youngest person to ever hold the position. He has been widely described as charismatic and was known for his controversial decisions. He often organized blockbuster exhibits, with his treasures from Egyptian King Tutankhamun's tomb having been the most popular exhibit in Met history.
Thomas Hoving's philosophy was: anything to make people notice great art.
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