Prominent doll collector dies in crash

STURGEON BAY, Wis. — Longtime doll collector Georgia A. Rankin, who had contributed to several reference books, was killed in a car accident on May 30. She was 76.

Rankin’s collection of Barbie dolls formed the basis of The Best of Barbie Doll by Sharon Korbeck, published in 2001 by Krause Publications. That collection was later sold to the Strong Museum in Rochester, N.Y.

Her collection of vintage dolls dating to the mid-19th century, which was displayed in a facility next to the motel she operated in Sturgeon Bay, was photographed for Warman’s Dolls: Antique to Modern, by Mark F. Moran, published in 2004 by F+W Publications.

Rankin taught art for 18 years at Algoma, Wis., High School before her retirement. She was a well-known muralist in the area. Survivors include her husband, Wally; five children, Pat Rankin, Cindy Lesperance, Tanya Olsen, Mike Rankin and Mark Rankin; and one brother, Jerry Sargent, all of Sturgeon Bay.

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