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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 12, 2000

Architecture scholar Hoey taught at UWM, 
was widely published

By Jamaal Abdul-Alim
of the Journal Sentinel staff

Last Updated: Aug. 11, 2000

A memorial service has been set for Lawrence Hoey, a world-renowned Gothic architecture scholar who led lively class discussions on the subject as an art history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Hoey, 49, of Shorewood, died last month in a car accident in France. He had gone to the region to give a talk about Gothic architecture at the annual conference of the British Archaeological Association, colleagues in the UWM art history department said.

Andrea Stone, chairwoman of the department, said Hoey made a "tremendous" contribution to the university, where he had been teaching since 1981.

She described him as an "active scholar" who was "widely known in the field for his work."

"He was a widely read scholar," Stone said. "He was just a great intellect."

Hoey wrote numerous scholarly articles on Gothic and Romanesque architecture that appeared in publications such as the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The Antiquaries and the Journal of the British Archaeological Association

He served on the board of the International Center of Medieval Art at The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

He wrote entries on cathedrals and architectural terms for "Medieval England: An Encyclopedia."

Hoey was promoted to full professor in the UWM art history department about a year ago, Stone said.

In his classes, she said, Hoey showed the "originality" of English Gothic architecture, which is often thought of as a "poor copy of French Gothic," Stone said.

"Larry showed that it was an independent and vital style of Gothic architecture that had its own aesthetic character," she said.

Hoey was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1992. He also was awarded fellowships from the Center for Twentieth Century Studies at UWM and the National Humanities Center.

Hoey was known as a great folk dancer and an accomplished pianist, colleagues and friends said.

                   He is survived by a brother, Tom Hoey, and his mother, June.

The memorial service will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the UWM Hefter Conference Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 12, 2000

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