Nancy Dillow died peacefully at Christie Gardens, Toronto, on Saturday, March 27, 2021, in her 92nd year. Daughter of Genevieve and Fraser Robertson, journalist with The Globe and Mail and The Telegram, and granddaughter of Robert Spelman Robertson, Chief Justice of Ontario (1938-1952). She is predeceased by her husband Professor Harry C. Dillow and her only sibling, Lois Yarrow. Nancy is survived by her nieces Patti Hanson and Leslie Robichaud, and nephews Dr. Colin Yarrow and Gordon Yarrow of British Columbia and their families. She will be greatly missed by her family and countless friends.
Nancy was educated at St Clement’s School, Toronto, and graduated with a BA in art and archaeology from the University of Toronto in 1952. In 1956, she was hired by the Art Gallery of Toronto and became head of their extension department in 1959. She was appointed Director of the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, in 1967. Nancy was engaged as the first chief curator of the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1979, retiring to Toronto in 1984. She became one of the original volunteers with the Textile Museum of Canada – a new career that lasted 26 years.
Nancy Dillow’s commitment to excellence in museum practice has been recognized by the Government of Saskatchewan and by the Museum Association of Saskatchewan with an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award, and for volunteerism by the Textile Museum of Canada and the Ontario Museum Association. Nancy was appointed a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association in 1981. Please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Dillow
A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held when circumstances permit. Her family and friends would like to thank the staff of Christie Gardens for the compassionate care of Nancy in the final years of her life.
In memory of Nancy and to celebrate her volunteerism, donations can be made to the Textile Museum of Canada via their website: https://textilemuseum.ca/join-support/give/
In memory of Nancy and honouring the important role she played for the arts in Canada, donations can be made to the Art Gallery of Ontario at www.ago.ca/donate