As Chairman/CEO of Doyle New York, Mrs. Kathleen M. Doyle leads the growth strategy for one of the world’s foremost auctioneers and appraisers of fine art, jewelry, furniture and specialty categories. Her in-depth knowledge of the art and auction market, combined with her commitment to providing buyers and consignors with personalized service, enables the gallery to continuously expand the client base and increase the range of offerings at auction. Doyle New York works closely with Trust and Estate lawyers and bankers to provide appraisal and auction services for their clients. Doyle hosts approximately 40 auctions per year.
Recognizing the opportunity in the global art market in the 1990’s, Mrs. Doyle negotiated international strategic alliances in Europe and China. To accommodate consignors and collectors outside of New York City, she established a network of regional representatives along the Atlantic seaboard, with offices in Connecticut, Boston, Washington, DC and Charlotte, North Carolina. Mrs. Doyle spearheaded the development of online client services with a state of the art Internet site, adding Internet bidding capabilities and real time on-line auctions.
Mrs. Doyle initiated an extensive education program for collectors including lectures and seminars featuring specialists in art, design, fashion, jewelry, etc. These programs are conducted at the galleries and offered free to the public. Doyle New York was the first auction gallery to provide appraisers to the Antiques Roadshow and has supported WGBH as an underwriter of the program for the past seventeen years. Mrs. Doyle frequently donates Doyle New York appraisal and auction services for museums and not-for-profit organizations, schools, universities, hospitals, medical schools and community-based programs for fund raising events.
She first joined her husband, William J. Doyle in the gallery in 1968 and later left to pursue graduate studies. She rejoined Doyle New York in 1992, and, after her husband’s death, she assumed responsibilities as Chairman and CEO. Prior to her return to the art and auction business, Mrs. Doyle served as Parent Education Specialist at the New York Medical College’s Early Childhood Development Center, and, following that, she founded the Parent Education Program in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Vincent’s Hospital. For eight years as a child development specialist, she directed the early intervention program to provide an interdisciplinary team approach to pre and post-natal parent education, family support and referral services.
Mrs. Doyle was born in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and has an MS in Parent and Infant Development from Bank Street College in New York, NY. For many years, she served on the boards of St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York, Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY, the Edwin L.and Francis Cummings Foundation and the Board of Directors of 1115 Fifth Avenue. She continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Hannah and Ryan Barry Foundation and the 564 Park Avenue Foundation, a preservation foundation. She is a member of Art Table and the Decorators Club. Mrs. Doyle is the mother of three daughters. She is married to Richard Ravitch, former Lieutenant Governor of New York State who has two sons. They live in New York City and Wainscott, New York. They have twelve grandchildren.