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Sunday, July 26, 2015
In Memoriam: Mary Krombholz by our Editor, Donna Kaonis
In Our Memories Mary Krombholz; Also Published in a
One of Mary's books, The Story of German Doll Making: 1530-2000
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
Mary Krombholz, a tireless researcher devoted to our understanding of the
German doll industry. Mary was a prolific writer for this magazine, an author
of seven groundbreaking books on German dolls and a judge for UFDC. When I last
spoke with her, she was planning several articles resulting from a recent trip
to Germany. Her boundless enthusiasm was infectious and thoroughly delightful.
Since 1993 Mary traveled every year to Germany to
research dolls. Her efforts have enabled collectors to identify previously
unknown china and parian-type dolls.
Mary’s activities were not confined to dolls; she was a
member of several Cincinnati philanthropic organizations and a trained
landscape gardener. She leaves behind her husband Herb, two children, and two
grandchildren. I will miss her and I know that many of you who knew Mary
personally or benefitted from her important books feel the same.