The Success Story of Louise Tolliver Deutschman '37 (1916-2009)
"My years at MacMurray College opened my eyes to many horizons. MacMurray College provided the necessary background and knowledge in my quest for new worlds, which continues to this day."
Louise Tolliver Deutschman was born and grew up in Taylorville, Illinois, where she graduated top of her high school class. The Dean of Students at Eureka College was a family friend and convinced her to go there her freshman year. But the following year, Louise was able to transfer to her original choice for college, MacMurray College.
Her love of art flourished during her years at MacMurray where she studied foreign languages (Latin, French and German) and art history. Her fondest memories at MacMurray centered on Nellie Knopf, head of the College's Art Department at the time. Louise sometimes escorted visiting artists around campus, including Thomas Hart Benton--a teacher of Jackson Pollock. She also co-wrote "Cabbages & Kings", a column for the school paper, and was a member of Phi Nu.
Upon graduating from MacMurray, she studied journalism at Northwestern University and later went into advertising. Louise lived in Chicago until 1944 and moved to New York.
In 1950, she moved to Paris with her husband, the writer Paul Deutschman, who was on special assignment for the State Department and the Marshall Plan. While in Paris she was a freelance writer for LIFE magazine in their Paris bureau, served as a liaison for Revlon between Paris and New York, and worked for the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency; she also became affiliated with an art gallery that showed mainly contemporary artists.
In 1966, she returned to New York with her daughter, Deborah Elliott Deutschman (a poet, novelist and screenwriter), and became director of the Waddell Gallery. From 1976-1999, Louise was at the Sidney Janis Gallery. After the Sidney Janis Gallery closed in 1999, she began working with PaceWildenstein Gallery and curated the landmark exhibition, The Women of Giacometti in the fall of 2005. The show traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center, in Dallas in 2006.
Louise worked as a curator and private art dealer in New York until she passed in 2009.