Eugene Carroll’s copyrighted answers to Harry Roseman’s “Official Questionnaire”
1. How and when you first met Harry Roseman
–It was on the telephone, a red dial wall phone that is still in the kitchen of my house at 24 Thelberg Road overlooking the golf course of Vassar College, a house I bought in the summer of 1979. I had heard from the painter Lennart Anderson that Harry and Catherine Murphy had moved to Poughkeepsie. Harry called me.
2. A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement.
–Taking the latter option: I, Eugene Albert Carroll, was born on June 17, 1930 in Bethesda Hospital off Grand Avenue in North St. Louis, Missouri. My sister, Eugenia Jessie, was born about fifteen minutes earlier in grandpa’s Ford coup that my father was driving to the hospital with which mother’s doctor was affiliated. In Kindergarten at Rose Fanning School in South St. Louis I drew a detailed and colorful picture of an American Indian and a tepee that the Miss Schulz thought so beautiful that she hung it in the corridor outside the Kindergarten for all to appreciate. Twenty-eight years later, including five in Italy, I received a Ph.D from Harvard University in the History of Art. I came to Poughkeepsie in 1965 to teach the history of late medieval and Renaissance Italian art at Vassar College, and stopped teaching in 1999. My mother, Elsie Aufmuth Fischer Carroll came to live with me on May 31, 1984, upon our return from several weeks in Europe. She turned 75 on February 18th that year, in St. Louis. She died December 19, 2002, at home.
December 31, 2007