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Volunteer Award Winner:
Roy Cumming

Gallery Service - 2002

Gallery Service shift captains know that Roy Cumming has reported for duty when they hear him proclaim, “assign me wherever you like.” With that, he jovially awaits his assignment. This occurs, on average, three times each week, resulting in his having logged nearly 400 hours, the highest of all Gallery Service volunteers, for both of the years he has served full-time. Roy finds interaction with visitors and other volunteers to be one of the most enjoyable facets of his service.

Roy’s volunteerism began when he was encouraged to join his wife, who served at the Gallery Information desks. He remembers helping during an Egyptian exhibition about thirty years ago.

A dentist, Roy traveled Europe in service to the Navy. On completion of his military duties, Roy returned to his practice and a desire to increase health awareness as a member of the Clinic Club, a group of health care professionals who traveled the U.S. and the world conducting seminars.

With limited time, he was unable to fully engage his museum interests but, when he retired fifteen years ago, he decided to renew his involvement during the Van Gogh exhibition. How fortunate we are that he accepted the invitation to become a full-time member. At 80+ years of age, he inspires us all.

A native Detroiter, Roy’s DIA association extends to childhood visits when the museum was located on Jefferson. He is still awed by the magic of climbing the spiral staircase, when it was flanked by mummies. As an adult, his fascination with Egyptian artifacts continued through his acquaintance with Bill Peck, senior curator of Ancient Art, whom he accompanied to Egypt.

Roy’s other interests include church, tennis, golf and socializing at his yacht club.

Gallery Service proudly salutes Roy Cumming, our Volunteer of the Year! Click here for more information on becoming a volunteer.