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A death

From: Margaret Geiss-Mooney <mgmooney<-a>
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2008
Judith Ann Rieniets

Judith Ann Rieniets died unexpectedly on September 11, 2008 at her
home in Petaluma, California. She was a painting and paper
conservator in private practice since 1976. She was born May 11,
1943 and grew up in Whittier, California. She was the youngest child
of Robert and Merry Rieniets. She is survived by her sister, Merry
Morgan of Los Angeles.

She graduated from California State University, Hayward in 1965 with
a degree in Studio Arts after first attending University of
California, Berkeley. She earned her M.A. degree in Art History from
University of Southern California in 1971. She then attended the
Cooperstown Graduate Program in the Conservation of Historic and
Artistic Works, State University College at Oneonta, graduating in
1976 with an M.A. degree and a certificate in advanced study in art
conservation. She specialized in painting and paper conservation.

Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Judith established a
conservation lab for the Oakland Museum of California where she
worked for three years. She then worked part-time in the paintings
conservation lab of the M. H. deYoung Museum (Fine Arts Museums of
San Francisco), under the direction of Teri Owikawa Picante. She
also worked as the Registrar for the Oakland Museum of California.
She worked again for the Oakland Museum of California as Conservator
(paintings and paper) 1982 - 1984. She established her private
practice in San Francisco in 1976 and moved her practice to Petaluma
in 1995. She conserved works of art on paper as well as contemporary
and traditional paintings for museums and individuals.

Judith became a Professional Associate of the American Institute for
Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) in 1989 and a
Fellow in 1990. Judith was a founding member of the Bay Area Art
Conservation Guild, serving most recently as Treasurer. She also
served on the Board of Directors of the Conservators in Private
Practice specialty group of AIC in its early days.

There will be a gathering in Judith Rieniet's honor at the home of
Lissa Cooley in Petaluma, California, on Saturday, November 1, 2008
at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to come and share stories and
remembrances. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Lissa by
email lncooley<-a t->att< . >net so that she can email you a map. Stories and
remembrances may also be sent directly to Lissa if you are unable to
come in person.

Margaret (Meg) Geiss-Mooney
Textile/Costume Conservator in Private Practice

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:22
                 Distributed: Monday, October 13, 2008
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Received on Sunday, 12 October, 2008

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