Frederick R. Koch

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Frederick R. Koch
Born Frederick Robinson Koch
(1933-08-26) August 26, 1933 (age 81)[1]
Wichita, Kansas, USA[2]
Citizenship United States
Education B.A. in liberal arts (Harvard, 1955), M.F.A. in playwriting (Yale University, 1961)
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation collector and expert in rare books, manuscripts, and American drawings
Organization Frederick R. Koch Foundation, Sutton Place Foundation
Known for Philanthropy to art and book collections; Pierpont Morgan Library, Frick Collection and Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh,
restoration of historic buildings in US, England, Austria and France
Net worth US$ billion
Board member of
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera,[3] and Spoleto Festival, The Royal Shakespeare Company[2]
Parent(s) Fred C. Koch
Mary Robinson
Relatives

Frederick Robinson Koch (/ˈkk/; born August 26, 1933)[1] is an American collector and philanthropist, the eldest of the four sons born to American industrialist Fred Chase Koch, founder of what is now Koch Industries, and Mary (Robinson) Koch.

Early years[edit]

Koch's paternal grandfather, Harry Koch, was a Dutch immigrant who founded the Quanah Tribune-Chief newspaper and was a founding shareholder of Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway.

Beginning in 8th grade, Koch attended boarding school rather than living in Wichita with his family.[4]

Frederick studied humanities at Harvard College (B.A. 1955), unlike his father and his three younger brothers Charles G. Koch and twins David H. Koch and Bill Koch (businessman), who studied chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and pursued business careers. After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Millington, Tennessee, near Memphis, and then on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. Upon return to civilian life, Koch enrolled at the Yale School of Drama, where his focus was playwriting. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the school in 1961.

Philanthropist[edit]

Through personal and foundation acquisitions, Koch assembled large and important collections of rare books and literary and musical manuscripts, fine and decorative arts and photographs, with works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries predominating.[5] Among his private collections is the archival estate of George Platt Lynes and a vast archive of society photographer Jerome Zerbe.[6]

Koch's Frederick R. Koch Foundation is a major donor in New York to the Pierpont Morgan Library,[7] and the Frick Collection and, in Pittsburgh, to the Carnegie Museum of Art.[3] Of particular note are The Frederick R. Koch Collections at the Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library at Harvard University, and at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Yale president Richard C. Levin described the Koch collection as "one of the greatest collections to come to Yale since the year of its founding."[8]

Since the 1980s, Koch has bought, restored and maintained a number of historic properties in the United States and abroad, including the Donahue house, a Woolworth mansion in Manhattan;[9] the Habsburg hunting lodge, Schloss Blühnbach near Salzburg;[10][11][not in citation given] the Romanesque Villa Torre Clementina in Cap Martin, France, and Elm Court, a Tudor Gothic manse in Butler, Pennsylvania, and the full reconstruction of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theater in England, from its 1879 remains.

In 1990, Koch bought Sutton Place near Guildford (Surrey, England),[12] the former residence of J. Paul Getty and the legendary meeting place of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn from another reclusive art collector, Stanley Seeger,[13] "redecorated the house and hung his art collection, but is said never to have spent a night under its roof before selling it for £32m" in 1999.[14] Other sources claim he operated it as the Sutton Place Foundation, open to the public, for more than 25 years.[15] He sold the property in 2005.[citation needed]

Koch served for many years on the boards of directors of the Spoleto Festival and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He remains an active, long-serving board member of the Metropolitan Opera and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.mixsonian.com/genealogy/mixon-mixson/pg-393.html
  2. ^ a b "Koch,Frederick Robinson (1932)". New Netherland Project. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Frederick Koch". Panache Privee. n.d. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Daniel Schulman (May 20, 2014). "Koch vs. Koch: The Brutal Battle That Tore Apart America's Most Powerful Family". Mother Jones. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Daniel Schulman (May 19, 2014). "The “Other” Koch Brother". Vanity Fair. 
  6. ^ bookride (May 2007). "El Morocco Family Album. Zerbe, 1937". Bookride. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ Rita Reif (June 1, 1990). "Auctions". NY Times. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ Statement appears in the Beinecke's collection catalog
  9. ^ Christopher Gray (May 14, 2009). "The Dime Store Tycoon’s Kingdom". NYTimes. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Elisabeth Zacherl (2003). "Der Baubeginn für Schloss Blühnbach vor 400 Jahren" (PDF). Unser Land (in German). Salzburger Landesarchiv. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ Architectural Digest, January 1994, article by Brendan Gill
  12. ^ Schulman, Daniel (2014-05-20). "Koch vs. Koch: The Brutal Battle That Tore Apart America's Most Powerful Family". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  13. ^ William Grimes (July 14, 2011). "Stanley Seeger, Who Collected, but Didn’t Discuss, Art, Dies at 81". NYTimes. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ Maev Kennedy (28 March 2001). "Reclusive millionaire's art collection may fetch £45m at auction". The Guardian. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ Country Life Magazine, June 13, 1996

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