Black silk scholar's robe with multi-colored design of cranes, fans and flowers.;Purchased by the donor at auction 1990 C, a Japanese scholar's robe for those acheiving a certain academic rank. Robe which has on it the crest of a noble family, but done more modestly and tastefully than many other examples. Identified by Bennet Bronson, Professor of History, University of Illinois Chicago, IL; tel: 312.665.7832
Steele A. Taylor Steele Taylor is a New Jersey native and a World War II Navy veteran. In 1948, after earning a degree in economics from Williams College in Winston, Massachusetts, he accepted a job offer from Dohler-Jarvis in Grand Rapids. In 1960 he moved to Grand Rapids Steel and was part owner and president when he retired in 1985. He has served on many boards throughout his career, such as the Mary Free Bed Hospital, Aquinas Emeritus Center, various Hospice boards and former member and president of the Art and Museum Board. Steele and his wife Mary are consummate world travelers and their collection is a testament to their travels. Artifacts donated by Steele are exceptional resources, representing various regions of the world. He has also donated an extensive collection of pewter items to the Grand Rapids Public Museum.