Frederick R. Koch

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Frederick Koch
Frederick Robinson Koch

(1933-08-26)August 26, 1933[1]
DiedFebruary 12, 2020(2020-02-12) (aged 86)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
OccupationCollector of rare books, manuscripts, and American drawings
OrganizationFrederick R. Koch Foundation
Sutton Place Foundation
Known forPhilanthropy 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
Board member ofFilm Society of Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera,[3] and Spoleto Festival, The Royal Shakespeare Company[2]
Parent(s)Fred C. Koch
Mary Robinson
RelativesCharles Koch (brother)
David Koch (brother)
Bill Koch (brother)

Frederick Robinson Koch (/ˈkk/; August 26, 1933 – February 12, 2020)[1] was an American businessman, art collector and philanthropist.

He was the oldest of the four sons born to American industrialist Fred Chase Koch, founder of what is now Koch Industries, and Mary Clementine (née Robinson) Koch.

Koch's Frederick R. Koch Foundation was a major donor in New York to the Pierpont Morgan Library.[4] He donated to the Frick Collection and, in Pittsburgh, to the Carnegie Museum of Art.[3]

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."[5]

Koch many historic places only to restore them such as the Donahue house, a Woolworth mansion in Manhattan;[6] the Habsburg hunting lodge Schloss Blühnbach near Salzburg;[7][8] the Romanesque Villa Torre Clementina in Cap Martin, France; and Elm Court, a manse in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Koch helped restore the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theater in England from its 1879 remains.

Koch died on February 12, 2020 at his Manhattan home from heart failure, aged 86.[9]

References[change | change source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Koch,Frederick Robinson (1932)". New Netherland Project. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Frederick Koch". Panache Privee. n.d. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  4. Rita Reif (June 1, 1990). "Auctions". NY Times. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. Statement appears in the Beinecke's collection catalog
  6. Gray, Christopher (May 14, 2009). "The Dime Store Tycoon's Kingdom". NYTimes. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  7. Elisabeth Zacherl (2003). "Der Baubeginn für Schloss Blühnbach vor 400 Jahren" (PDF). Unser Land (in German). Salzburger Landesarchiv. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2005. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  8. Architectural Digest, January 1994, article by Brendan Gill.
  9. "Frederick Koch, Who Spurned Family Business, Dies at 86". The New York Times. February 13, 2020.