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Sid Brinckerhoff


The Arizona Historical Society sadly observes the passing of former executive director Sidney Brinckerhoff, who died at his Bellevue, Washington home on January 5, 2017. He was eighty-three. A graduate of Princeton University (Class of 1956), Sid arrived in Arizona as a U.S. Army public-information specialist and, after his discharge, operated a public relations firm in Tucson, before joining the (then) Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society staff as curator in 1963. Advancing to executive director (1968-1985), he oversaw the professionalization of the staff, expansion of the Tucson museum facility, and the Society’s transformation into a truly statewide organization renamed the Arizona Historical Society in 1984.

(Photo courtesy of Bruce Smith)