Sunday, July 26, 2015

In Memoriam: Mary Krombholz by our Editor, Donna Kaonis

In Our Memories Mary Krombholz; Also Published in a

Mary Krombholz, Public Domain Image

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.

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