Family Login:

Henry Houston Hawley III

Obituary for Henry Houston Hawley III

January 5, 1934 - August 8, 2019
Chagrin Falls, Ohio | Age 85

Cherished Partner, Brother, and Uncle


Henry Houston Hawley III, died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at his home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
A Dallas native and graduate of Highland Park High School, Mr. Hawley earned degrees from Stanford University, The University of Delaware and Harvard University. He served as a Winterthur Fellow for two years.

Mr. Hawley joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1960. He was a renowned scholar and researcher who authored over 70 works. During his 42 year involvement with the Decorative Arts Department, he acquired significant pieces from the museum's collection and curated renowned exhibitions. Holding the title of Curator of Baroque and later Decorative Arts and Sculpture, he led the department to a position of worldwide eminence.

Mr. Hawley is survived by his partner of 56 years, George Vassos; his sister, Florine Hawley Moore (Judge William R. Moore, Jr.); his brother, John Richard Hawley (Marcia Merritt Hawley); his sister Sarah Hawley Dunning (Thomas Mayborn Dunning); and eight nieces and nephews and their families.

A funeral service will be held at 5 pm on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Wade Chapel at Lake View Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106, following a graveside service. The family will receive friends at the SCHULTE & MAHON-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 5252 MAYFIELD RD., LYNDHURST (BETWEEN RICHMOND AND BRAINARD) on Monday, August 12, 2019, from 4-7 pm.

Please consider a gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106; Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201; or, the Art Song Festival at the Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106.

Recommended Local Florist

Arrangements By

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
Map  | Profile

View Phone Number
Email Us