MONROE FABIAN, 53, HELLERTOWN NATIVE, SMITHSONIAN CURATOR
The Morning Call. Morning Call. Allentown, Pa.: Jul 21, 1988.
Monroe H. Fabian, 53, of 5353 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.,
died Monday in his home.
A graduate of the School of Fine Arts of the University of
Pennsylvania, he was a curator at the National Portrait Gallery
of the Smithsonian Institute for 20 years before retiring last
While at the gallery, he worked on major shows of such artists
as Thomas Sully and Joseph Wright.
An authority in the field of Pennsylvania-German Decorative
Arts, Fabian wrote a book entitled "The Pennsylvania-German
Decorated Chest" published in 1978 by Main Street Press.
An article in the Dec. 20, 1972, issue of The Morning Call
described how Fabian researched and identified Johannes or
John Spangenberg as the Pennsylvania German fraktur artist
known for years only as "The Easton Bible Artist."
Born in Hellertown, Fabian was a son of Eva V. Fabian of Quakertown
and the late Paul H. Fabian.
He was a Navy veteran.