The Norman Transcript


December 2, 2012

Sam Olkinetzky

NORMAN — Sam Olkinetzky died peacefully Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Norman. He was born in New York City on Nov. 22, 1919, to Isidor and Jennie Zuckerman Olkinetzky.

He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1942, served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 and was stationed in England, where he participated in bombing raids over Nazi Germany during World War II.

He completed his doctoral studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, which is conducted by New York University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, then taught art history at Oklahoma A&M (now OSU) for 10 years. He came to OU in 1957, where he was a member of the faculty of the School of Art and served as director of the OU Museum of Art until his retirement in December 1983.

During this time, he also served as fisiting professor of art and humanities at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and Langston University. He was, for many years, an appraiser for state, municipal and private collections and a senior examiner for the Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums. An artist, as well as a historian, his work was exhibited in such places as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York City and may be found in many public and private collections. He was the recipient of the St. Gaudens and the Alexander Medals in New York and the Governor’s Art Award in Oklahoma.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Nathan and Reuben.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sammie Sturdevant Olkinetzky, a son, Jov Olkinetzky and his wife Reba, a daughter, Tova Olkinetzky, all of Norman; a granddaughter, Laurel Grace Olkinetzky of Anchorage, Alaska; and several nephews and nieces in the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Louis Edward ‘Tex’ Raymond Jr.

    Louis Edward “Tex” Raymond Jr., 90, of Norman, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014. Tex was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Wichita, Kan., to Louis Edward Raymond Sr. and Nellie Elizabeth Duncan....

    July 30, 2014

  • Dorothy I. Armstrong

    Dorothy I. Armstrong, 83, went peacefully into the hands of the Lord Saturday, July 26, 2014. Memorial services will be 11 p.m. Friday at Slaughterville Baptist Church, Highway 77 and 60th Street in Lexington....

    July 30, 2014

  • John Joseph Giudice Jr.

    John Joseph Giudice Jr., of Norman, a fisheries biologist whose pioneering research paved the way for commercial fish farming in the United States, died Saturday, July 26, 2014. He was 93....

    July 30, 2014

  • Arley Jay Newton

    Arley Jay Newton died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Tulsa. Arley was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Tulsa, to parents John Newton and Marianna (Pyatt) Newton....

    July 29, 2014

  • Jo Ann Oberst

    Jo Ann Oberst, 80, of Norman, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Norman. She was born April 13, 1934, in Oklahoma City to Albert Siddens and Mary (Mollman) Siddens Manley. She retired from the University of Oklahoma in 1995....

    July 29, 2014

  • Elizabeth Mary Waters

    Services for Elizabeth Mary Waters, 92, Norman, who died Friday, July 25, of natural causes, will be10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Robinson Street Baptist Church, 801 E. Robinson. Bill Blair will officiate. Viewing will be Monday, July 28, 8 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Francis Fynmore

    James Francis Fynmore, III, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 22, 2014....

    July 27, 2014

  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Chambers

    Although Tom was christened Thomas Previglian, he took his step-father’s name of Chambers as it was easier to spell when he entered grade school. Born in Olean, New York, on March 11, 1943, he transitioned into his new life on July 25, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • John Martin McMahon

    John Martin McMahon, 87, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, to John and Hattie McMahon, in Detroit....

    July 27, 2014

  • Erma Gene Hubbard

    Family matriarch Erma Gene Hubbard passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, in Norman. She was born March 5, 1921, to Harvel Bryan Pitchford and Lillian Floy Moon in Okemah....

    July 27, 2014