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Obituary: Franklin K. Toker, Ph.D. (1944 - 2021)

by SAH News | Apr 20, 2021
Franklin K. Toker, distinguished professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh (retired) and resident of Squirrel Hill, died on Monday, April 19, 2021. Beloved husband of Ellen. Dear father of Sarah, Mackie, and Jeffrey (Tarah). Grandfather of Ayden, Franklin, Sylvia, Cameron, Dexter, and Mason. Brother of Charlotte Guttman and the late William Toker. Franklin was the author of 10 books, including and most notably, 'Fallingwater Rising' and 'Pittsburgh: A New Portrait.' Graveside Service at Beth Shalom Cemetery. Contributions may be made to: Dept. of History of Art & Architecture, Frick Fine Arts Bldg., University of Pgh., Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Arrangements entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, Scott Twp.

Franklin Toker joined SAH in 1965 and was a Life member. He was awarded the Alice Hitchcock Book Award in 1970, and served as SAH president from 1993 to 1994.  

See additional editorial obituary by Marylynne Pitz published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here

See Dr. Toker's biography at University of Pittsburgh here.


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