Obituary: Art Historian Nancy Forgione,
A memorial service was held Saturday morning in
Homewood's Glass Pavilion for Nancy Forgione, 54, a Johns
Hopkins alumna and visiting assistant professor in the
History of Art Department who also taught in the MLA
program. She died Dec. 3, a day after being hospitalized
with what was presumptively diagnosed as a meningococcal
Writing to inform faculty, staff and students of her
death, Krieger School Dean Adam Falk described Forgione as
"an active and highly regarded scholar, and a well-liked
and admired member of the Department of the History of Art.
More than that," he wrote, "she was, as a colleague of mine
commented, the kind of person who could make your day
better with just a quick conversation while passing you in
After graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1974 with a
degree in humanistic studies, Forgione received a master's
degree in library science from the University of Maryland,
College Park, and worked at the Maryland Institute College
of Art for five years as a cataloger and research
librarian. In 1993 she received a doctorate in art history
from Johns Hopkins, writing her thesis on the French artist
Edouard Vuillard. In addition to teaching at Hopkins,
Loyola College, MICA and Goucher College, she taught at the
University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg when her
husband, Michael Hill, was The Baltimore Sun bureau
chief in that city.
She returned to Hopkins in 1998 and for a number of
years taught undergraduate courses in 19th-century art and
abstract expressionism and part of the survey course
Introduction to the History of European Art. For the
graduate MLA program, she first taught Abstract
Expressionism in Contemporary Art and then created courses
titled the Idea of Home and the History and Art of Walking.
In June 2007, she was to have led a Johns Hopkins Alumni
study tour to Provence and the Cote d'Azur.
"Nancy delighted in the interdisciplinary approach to
education," said Melissa Hilbish, associate MLA program
chair. "Her walking class grew out of her own passion for
walking and the passion for journey on many levels. In
class, she spoke often about her husband and their travels,
a brilliant approach that is the hallmark of the MLA
program, bringing various aspects of a topic together in
order to view it in a new way. She was a wonderful,
extraordinary, very lively teacher. Students were really
drawn to her classes."
Survivors include her husband, whom she met when they
were both undergraduates at Hopkins, and two sons, Albert
Michael Hill Jr., a senior at Wesleyan University, and Owen
Forgione Hill, a freshman at Brown University.
Memorial contributions may be made to the History of
Art Department at Johns Hopkins, 3400 N. Charles St.,
Baltimore, MD 21218, or to the Ingenuity Project, Baltimore
Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore,
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