R. Hunter Middleton

Prolific designer of more than 80 typefaces. Robert Hunter Middleton (May 6, 1898 – August 3, 1985) was an American book designer, painter, and type designer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he came to Chicago at the age of ten in 1908 where he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He joined the design department of the Ludlow Typograph Company right after college in 1923 and served as Typographic Director from 1933–71. In 1944 he began operating a private press, The Cherryburn Press, named after Thomas Bewick’s home in Northumberland, where Bewick produced a large number of wood engraving prints that Middleton subsequently reprinted with meticulous care in 1970. He died in Chicago.

Medal ceremony: October 29 1968 at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60 Street, NYC