I was born in New York but lived abroad most of my life. I moved back to the States twenty years ago and started writing my memoir, “I Had a Château in Provence”, which was recently published. In it I recount my very private feelings and reminiscences about what has been a rather public life. Below, you will find my chronological resume but if you read my book you will learn about the political intrigues, presidential elections, coup d’états, murders, illicit affairs, kidnappings and ghost stories that were an integral part of my life, all interwoven with the history of a very old French castle.
2016 Published a novel “Freedom Bound, A Jessica Parker Adventure”
2015 Published his memoir “I Had a Château in Provence”.
2001 – Present Manages & represents fine arts photographer Juliet van Otteren. Collaborated with her on Heart of the Horse, a best-selling photography book with a foreword by Jane Goodall and essays by Alan Lightman, published by Barnes and Noble in 2004
1996 – 2000 Restored single-family homes.
1974 – 1995 Executive Director/Curator, Château d’Entrecasteaux: Chosen in 1989 by the London Sunday Times as one of the ten best museums in France. During this period scheduled and curated hundreds of exhibitions including Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Hans Hartung, etc.
1974 – 1995 Director of Restoration, Château d’Entrecasteaux. Rebuilt from a ruin this magnificent 31,000 sq. ft. stately home erected in the XIth and XVIIth centuries.
1991 Speaker at the convention of the ICOMOS, the International Council of Monuments and Sites.
1986 – 1987 Initiator, Coordinator and Host of Terra Australis to Australia, the official French introductory historical colloquium to the bicentennial of Australia.
1983 – 1995 Delegate of La Demeure Historique. France’s Historic House Owners Association.
1983 – 1992 President and Founder of the Route Historique des Haut Lieux de Provence, a non profit association grouping Var state’s sixteen most important Monuments open to the public and receiving a combined total of over 500,000 visitors a year.
1983 – 1986 President and Founder Festival International de Musique de Chambre d’Entrecasteaux, a chamber music school of international acclaim.
1982 – Published Le Château d’Entrecasteaux, Port d’Attache d’un Grand Marin. (revised bilingual edition 1990).
1980 – 1990 Honorary vice-consul of Guatemala to Marseilles, France.
1969 – 1974 Assistant Director of Restoration, Château de Veygoux, a XVIIth century castle in central France.
1949 – 1974 Born in Manhattan, educated in Colombia, Guatemala, England and France.
DISTINCTIONS, AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
- Inducted into Who’s Who in America in 2003.
- Médaille du Tourisme, French national medal of merit (tourism), 1995.
- Grand Prix des Guides, Documents et Dépliants Touristiques, for the contents and design of the brochure he created for the Route Historique des Haut Lieux de Provence/Vins des Côtes de Provence, which was elected by the Ministry of Tourism and the association of French tourist offices, as the best tourist brochure in France, 1995.
- Qualité Var Accueil, State award for tourism, 1994.
- Diplôme d’honneur de l’Association des Vieilles Maisons Françaises, French Old Houses Association honorary diploma for outstanding service to the national architectural heritage, 1990.
- Label du Meilleur Accueil dans les Musées et Monuments Historiques, National recognition for exceptional public service in historical monuments and museums, 1988.
- Prix Marc de Beauvau-Craon, Historical Houses Association prize for restoration,
- Obélisque du Conseil de l’Europe, European Council’s restoration award, 1980.
- Prix de la Fondation Américaine de La Demeure Historique, American Foundation prize for restoration,
- Prix des Chefs d’oeuvre en Péril, France’s most coveted prize for restoration (château d’Entrecasteaux), 1977.
- Prix Vieilles Maisons Françaises, Old Houses Association prize for restoration (château de Veygoux), 1972.