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In Memory

Richard Saito - : 1969

Richard Saito

From The Washington Post, October 30, 1991:

Richard Eiji Saito, 48, architectural archivist of the National Gallery of Art's gallery archives, died Oct. 25 at his home in Washington. He had liver cancer.

Mr. Saito came to Washington and joined the National Gallery in 1969 as a staff lecturer. He later directed the education department audiovisual programs, where he wrote and edited recorded tours and moderated a radio program. He also worked in the gallery planning office, where his work involved space use and architectural design.

Since 1984, he had been architectural archivist and had worked with the gallery's historical architectural records collection. He also served as organizing curator for the gallery's 50th anniversary exhibition this year, "John Russell Pope and the Building of the National Gallery of Art," for which he was presented with a special national achievement award.

Mr. Saito was born in Hunt, Idaho. He was a 1967 honors graduate of Portland State College in Oregon and received a master's degree in art history from Oberlin College. He also had studied at the University of Vienna.

Survivors include his mother, Fumi Saito, and two sisters, Georgia O'Mary and Nancy Oishi, all of Portland, Ore.