Ida Kay Greathouse, Director Emerita of the Frye Art Museum, Dies


SEATTLE, WA.- It is with great sadness that the Frye Art Museum announces the passing of Ida Kay Greathouse, Director Emerita of the Museum, on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Mrs. Greathouse and her husband, Walser, were friends of Charles and Emma Frye, the founders of the Frye Art Museum. Mr. Greathouse, a Rhodes scholar and graduate of Oxford, served as the Fryes’ attorney, executor of the Frye estate, and first director (1952–1966) of the Charles and Emma Frye Free Public Art Museum, as it was then called. Following Walser Greathouse’s death, Mrs. Greathouse took the helm as Director of the Frye. Throughout her nearly thirty year career, she was committed to protecting the legacy of Charles and Emma Frye. Kay Greathouse continued her husband’s focus on American art, enhanced the Frye Founding Collection’s holdings of French paintings, and moved into new collecting directions by acquiring significant paintings by early-twentieth