Mansfield “Bob” Bascom, 1923 – 2020
Mansfield Bascom, Co-Founder of the Wharton Esherick Museum passed away peacefully on Monday, October 26 at the age of 96.
Mansfield, known to so many simply as Bob, was an unwavering pillar of dedication to the Esherick Museum and the preservation of Wharton Esherick’s legacy for nearly fifty years. Alongside his wife, Ruth Esherick Bascom, he helped found his father-in-law’s home and studio as a museum in 1972. He served as Director of the Museum, with Ruth serving as President, until 1990, and served as Curator until 2007. Since first stepping foot in the Studio, Bob gave every ounce of his ingenuity and conviction to see the Museum succeed and promote the singular influence and brilliance of Esherick’s creations, and for that we will be forever grateful.
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