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Forrest Fenn Who's Who

List of people who Forrest Fenn either mentioned in his stories or he came in contact with over the years that had some level of significance in his life.

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Arrowsmith, Murray "Rex" - An early business partner / investor to Forrest Fenn. He is from Belleville KS, moved to Santa Fe, NM in his early 20's after graduating from KU. Served in WWII as an officer. He was a collector of various Indian artifacts that started at an early age. In 1952 Rex opened his own store, Arrowsmith's Relics of the old west, in Santa Fe. He was an Indian trader and also sold to celebrities. Forrest says that Rex "taught him the business". Rex suggested to Forrest to move to Santa Fe and partner with him, in 1972 they opened "Arrowsmith - Fenn Galleries". Forrest put in $25,000 cash (his savings) and $100,000 of trade (bonze casting fees) which went towards the purchase of the building. The following spring (1973) Rex retired and Forrest bought him out and took over the gallery, renaming it Fenn Galleries. Rex Arrowsmith passed away 2017 at age of  92.

Allred, Charmay - Trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation since 1992. Founder and co-chairwoman of the folk art market and a member of the steering committee for the Friends of Archaeology. She first met Forrest in 1973 while visiting Santa Fe. She wanted to purchase a bronze pot that wasn't for sale. They became friends and she moved to Santa Fe in 1986. Before moving she was a high school teacher in California. Her husband was a racetrack owner. She went with Forrest on archaeological digs at San Lazaro.

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Durham, Linda - Grew up in New Jersey, worked at the Playboy club in New York and moved to Santa Fe in 1966. In 1977 she made a deal with Forrest, she would work for him for a year if he would teach her the art business. In 1978 she ventured out on her own, eventually owning a gallery on Canyon Road. Later opened a gallery in Chelsea, NYC.


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Goodacre, Glenna - Now a famous bronze sculptor, she got her start in large part thanks to Forrest. 1969 in Lubbock, Forrest gave her a lump of wax and encouraged her to try sculpting. From there she went on to become one of the most renowned artist in the country to create bronze statues. She has created statues that reside on national monuments, presidential libraries, airforce academy and the back of us coins (Sacagawea US dollar coin ). She studied fine art at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and has lived in Santa Fe for the last 25+ years. Her daughter Jill is an actress and is married to Harry Connick Jr. Several of her works are still displayed at the Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe.


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Hawn, Verne J - A limited partner (around 1975) who loaned money to Forrest as he needed it. Verne never had more than 200K in the business and the most money Forrest ever borrowed was 96K. From Shreveport / Dallas area and was a large developer.


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Ray, Dr. Cyrus - From Abilene TX. Someone that Forrest worked with on archaelogical expeditions in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona regions before Ray died June 21st, 1966 at the age of 86. Dr. Ray was a prominent Abilene physician and surgeon, he was licensed by the Texas Medical Board in 1909. In addition to being a doctor he had also worked as a traveling salesman, farmer, rural mail carrier, insurance company operator and had been active in archaelogical pursuits. In 1955 he was elected an honorary life member of the Texas Archaeological and Paleontological Society. He was widely known as a Texas Acrhaeologist.


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