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Emery May Holden Norweb


Born in Salt Lake City, Nevada; granddaughter of Liberty Emery Holden, founder of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Daughter of Albert Fairchild Holden. She married R. Henry Norweb in Paris in 1917. She drove an ambulance and worked in French hospitals. Their first son, R. Henry Norweb, Jr. was born in a cellar during an air raid. She served on the Assay Commission for 1955.

Norweb was president of the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1962 to 1971. She was the first woman in that position. Mrs. Norweb had joined the ANA in 1914 and received their 50 year membership medal in 1964. At the time of her death she had been a member for almost 70 years. She became a member of the ANS council in 1969 and served until 1978.

The Norwebs donated a Brasher Doubloon to the ANS in 1969 and a 1913 Liberty Head nickel to the Smithsonian in 1978. They donated other significant collections to the Smithsonian. She died in a hospital in Cleveland.

bio: WWAW 74 obit: CW 4/11/1984; NN 4/14/1984; ANAHist 1436.

See also: R. H. Thompson, "More on Mr and Mrs Norweb", Token Corresponding Society Bulletin 11 no.1 (Dec. 2013), p.20. 

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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