Theodore Allen Heinrich

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Theodore Allen Heinrich

Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Death 27 Jan 1981 (aged 70)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 127632482 · View Source
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Theodore Allen Heinrich was born in Tacoma, Washington, on June 15, 1910, but grew up principally in the area of Berkeley, CA. He was educated in public schools, Berkeley High School, and the University of California, where he graduated in 1931 witha major in philosophy and minors in art, history and English. In 1932, he began graduate studies at Cambridge University and graduated with a Masters degree in art and architectural history in 1936.

After completing his post-secondary studies, he returned to the U.S., where, he began training with the U.S. Army. Recognized for his academic and intellectual potential, combined with his background in art history, he was recommended to pursue further training. In 1943, he entered the Military Intelligence Training Centre/Officer's Candidate School, at Camp Ritchie, Maryland.

Following completion of his training, he entered the European Theatre with SHAEF, or the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, for the years 1943 to 1945. He was a junior officer on the Intelligence staff of General Eisenhower, and served two years as Deputy Chief, Enemy Communications Section, where he worked in the area of the use and administration of intelligence concerning strategic operations regarding the German-controlled railway system.

After the war, from 1945 to 1950, he remained in Germany in connection with the recovery and restitution of looted works of art. He was successively: Chief of Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives (MFAA) Branch of Military Government for Hesse, for the U.S. Zone of Germany, and Cultural Property Advisor to the Wiesbaden Collecting Point for displaced works of art and cultural property, as well as was involved in the administration of the Marburg and Munich Collecting Points, and the Archival Depot for looted books and manuscripts at Offenbach. He was also involved in assisting German authorities in the rehabilitation and reorganizing war-damaged museums, libraries, archives, monuments as well as organizing art history seminars.

He was cited for a "Bronze Star Medal" for his meritorious service in connection with military operations during the years 1943 to 1945, and was cited by the Belgian government with the Belgian Croix de Guerre, 1940 avec Palme, for his restitution work. He was on detached service in 1945 for the purpose of establishing a de-Nazification policy and assisting with de-Nazification of higher officials of the German Reichsbahn.

He was Curator of Art Collections and Senior Fellow for Art History at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, for 1951 to 1952. From 1953 to 1955, he was Associate Curator of Paintings and Curator-in-charge of drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From 1955 to 1962, he was Director of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. In 1963, he served as Cultural Advisor to the Asia Foundation, in Karachi, Pakistan.

He was employed as professor of art history for the last twenty years of his life, beginning with his position as Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, for the academic year 1964 to 1965. In 1966, he began a full professorship at York University, which he held up to the time of his death.

He also served as consultant and advisor on museum matters and art history in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He served on the boards of several museums, and was a member of numerous professional associations and cultural organizations.

He was involved with the International Council on Museums, or ICOM, for most of his professional life and played a significant role in the development and research of a study carried out in 1971, entitled "Public Attitudes Toward Art".

He published numerous articles, reviews, and catalogue commentaries in the field of art history, art, architecture and museums related issues, and lectured widely on a broad range of subjects such as horticulture, travel, art history, and culture in general.

In 1960, he received an LLD from Waterloo University.

Theodore Allen Heinrich died in 1981. His parents were Edward Oscar Heinrich and Marion (Allen) Heinrich.

Mother was Marion (Allen) Heinrich, born 8 November 1884 at Salt Lake City, Utah; died 8 Nov 1979 Alameda County, California. . No findagrave memorial located for her so she is not linked on his memorial.

Death location for Theodore Heinrich was confirmed via his obituary in the San Francisco (CA) Examiner (29 January 1981) and available on

(Courtesy of Contributor Bill Handrich #49277787)

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