RISD's Long-Serving Docent, Pearl Nathan, Dies At 103

Feb 21, 2017

Pearl Nathan, long-time volunteer docent at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the namesake for the Museum's new coffee shop, Cafe Pearl, has died at the age of 103. 

The Providence Journal reports that she died early Monday. 

According to her family, Nathan died in her home at Tockwotton, on the East Providence waterfront. 

Last June, when Cafe Pearl opened at RISD, Nathan told RIPR that she was gratified but somewhat bemused when the museum announced it would name the cafe in her honor. 

“It wasn’t something that I anticipated," said Nathan. "My emphasis was on my art collection and not on the food in the cafe.”

Nathan was a volunteer at RISD for at least 70 years, specializing in guiding children through the museum, sparking their interest in art.