Paddy O’Brien in an undated photograph courtesy of oaag.org
My thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends of Paddy Gunn O’Brien, a leader & inspiration on the London arts scene for many decades. She was at Museum London & its forerunners during various eras holding top administrative & creative posts.
Paddy died early Thursday at a London hospital. To give you a little sense of her remarkable accomplishments, here is a statement from Museum London supporting Paddy for an OAAG award:
“Paddy’s professional career has been an impressive one and one that has benefited both London and the province. Her 38 years as curator saw her involved with a staggering 1280 exhibitions at this institution. She also oversaw the development of the Museum London permanent collection in its most active phase. And she served the province of Ontario through her time on the OAAG board in the mid-1970s among other contributions.”
(Paddy was the first recipient of the OAAG Colleague award in 2007).
Right now, I can see her friendly smile as she had the museum/gallery staff up & motivate to do our best during the 1980s.