Penny Proddow, 65, Jewelry Writer, Historian

Penny Proddow, passed away peacefully at her home in New York, Feb. 28, following a short illness. She was 65. Her professional worlds included teaching at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, curating at R. Esmerian, Inc., and co-writing a monthly column for In Style magazine.

Educated at Bryn Mawr College as a classical archaeologist, Proddow wrote a series of children’s books in the 1970s, bringing to life the world of Greek myths for a young audience: these writings would become the basis of her lecture series “Pause for Pegasus” given at the educational department at the Met in recent years.

Applying her knowledge of ancient art, Penny became a jewelry researcher and historian; her pioneer efforts assisted in organizing landmark jewelry exhibitions and co-writing articles and five books.

“Proddow was known by friends and associates for her gutsy creativity, her acute observation enhanced by historical and literary knowledge, and her laughter.

A private burial will be held in Nantucket.

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