Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 07, 2005

Kenneth M. Wilson, 83, a noted glass historian and former museum curator known as "Mr. American Glass," died March 29 in Punta Gorda, Fla., after a two-decade battle with leukemia, his wife said.

The Philadelphia native died less than two months before the scheduled release of his fifth book, an antique collectors' guide to the works of Pairpoint Glass, the oldest American glassmaker.

The White House called on Mr. Wilson's expertise during the first Bush presidency by asking him to inspect and estimate the age of each window, his wife said.

He wrote books on antique bottles and flasks, New England glassmaking and the Toledo Museum of Art's glass collection. He received an award in 2000 from the Richards Foundation and the Corning Museum for research on American glass.

Mr. Wilson also received the Purple Heart after nearly dying from machine gun fire while serving with the U.S. Army in Germany in World War II.

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