James Pilgrim, 61, museum administrator

July 29, 2002

James Pilgrim, a fine arts consultant who organized international shows as a Metropolitan Museum of Art administrator in New York, died Friday of complications from lung cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 61 and lived in Brooklandville.

Mr. Pilgrim, who did financial work for museums, held a number of administrative positions with the Metropolitan, and from 1978 to 1988 was its deputy director. He held curatorial posts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington in the early 1970s.

Family members said he was an organizer of Metropolitan shows including The Great Bronze Age of China in 1980; The Vatican Collections, Papacy and Art, 1983; and Treasures of the Holy Land, 1985.

Born in Richmond, Ind., he was a 1963 graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He earned a master's degree from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts in 1966, and a 1968 certificate in museum studies from a joint program of New York University and the Metropolitan Museum.

He moved to the Baltimore area in 1990 and was a member of the Elkridge Club.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, at St. Thomas Lane and Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, the former Katharine Baetjer; two sons, James Baetjer Pilgrim and George Hook Pilgrim, both of Brooklandville; and a brother, William Pilgrim of Farmington, N.M.

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