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Commemorating 50 Years With a Gift for the Ages




Many people around Pasadena know Jim and Joan Caillouette, especially those who have children. Jim delivered many local babies during his long career as an obstetrician, and Joan has been introducing school children to The Huntington’s collections for five decades as an art docent (she’ll mark her 50th anniversary in the new year).


Joan also served on the Huntington staff in the 1980s, coordinating special events. In 1990 she was appointed to the Board of Overseers, where she continues to play a leadership role to this day.


Reflecting on their long and happy involvement with The Huntington, the Caillouettes recently decided to make a gift to commemorate their 50-year milestone with the institution.


“It was lovely to receive Jim and Joan’s phone call,” says Randy Shulman, vice president for advancement. “Their offer to support a pressing project, one that we don’t currently have funds to undertake, was incredibly generous. The challenge was to find just the right project that would be especially meaningful to them and that would benefit the visiting public over the long term.”


The “right project” didn’t take long to find. Shortly after his conversation with the Caillouettes, Shulman received a call from Catherine Hess, chief curator of European art. She had a special funding need: a new frame for The Huntington’s best known work of art, Gainsborough’s iconic portrait of The Blue Boy.


“The Caillouettes understood immediately that this was of great importance and a wonderful way to mark their 50 years of Huntington involvement,” says Shulman.


A suitable frame, more appropriate to the period in which the painting was made, has been located in England and it is in the process of being restored and resized. Read the full story, and see photos of the new frame, on the Verso blog at


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"The Huntington is a place where nature, science, art, and humanities are always ready to inspire and make a difference. I encourage you to take part and support this world-class dynamic place." 

- Randy A. Shulman, Vice President for Advancement 




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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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