Jack Payne Stephens, 82, museum educator

April 16, 2003

Jack Payne Stephens, a retired museum educator, died Sunday of a neurological disease at Keswick Multi-Care Center. A resident of the Lakehurst section of Baltimore County, he was 82.

Born in Indianapolis, he earned a degree in art from George Washington University in Washington.

He also studied sculpture at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and had a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

From 1953 until his retirement in 1970, he was curator of education at the Baltimore Museum of Art where he taught children's art classes and the history of art to adults. He also spoke on museum exhibitions.

"He was a bright, intelligent, intellectual man," said Judy Van Dyke, a friend and former BMA staff member. "He knew so much. He was such a good communicator - he could make art come alive for young children."

Mr. Stephens enjoyed traveling in Europe as well as studying German, French and Spanish.

A memorial service will be held at 1:15 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Fay Karfgin, and two nieces, Linda King of Midlothian, Va., and Carol Anderson of Fredericksburg, Va.

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