In the summer of 1976, the Vogeles visited Harry Bertoia at his studio in Bally, Pennsylvania. Robert had met Harry a year earlier, and the artist extended an open invitation to stop by whenever he was in the area. The Vogeles took him up on his offer and would continue to visit his wife Brigitta and son Val, even after Bertoia's death in 1978.
Harry Bertoia was a special artist friend. I first met him in February of 1975 when he unveiled his model for the Standard Oil Building sculpture. I was able to talk to him at some length and he invited me to stop by his studio if I was ever in Bally, Pennsylvania. I made I point to stop and was never sorry. Harry died of cancer in November of 1978 but in that short period of time that I knew him I came to develop a deep respect for his integrity as an artist. Ruth and I stopped to see him and on one occasion we brought with us our two youngest children. He was gentle and warm and shared his visions with us. Since his death, we have come to know his wife Brigitta and their son Val. Whenever possible, we make it a point to stop and visit. We cherish the work we own by Harry and find our knowing him adds greatly to that appreciation.