Biography of Tom Honeyman
Thomas John (usually known as Tom) Honeyman (1891-1971) was a medical graduate who became an art dealer and museum director. He was elected Rector in 1953 and was awarded an honorary LLD in 1956. Honeyman delivered the WA Cargill Memorial lecture on the history of painting in 1967 and he gifted works of art to the University collections.
Born in Glasgow, Honeyman matriculated at the University in 1909 and graduated MB ChB in 1916. He served in the RAMC in Salonika and India during the First World War, returning to practice in the East End of Glasgow. In 1929 he joined the art dealers Reid & Lefevre and moved to London three years later as director of the Lefevre Gallery. In 1939 he was appointed Director of Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums, holding the post until 1954.
Honeyman was instrumental in persuading Sir William Burrell to donate his art collection to the city, and he was famous for his decision (controversial at the time) to purchase Salvador Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross. He was a founder of the Schools Museums Service and of the Citizen's Theatre.