Bernard V. Bothmer left his mark on the world of Egyptology in three of the United States’ great art institutions; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Brooklyn Museum and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. He created gallery displays, developed library collections and founded image collections that continue to influence. One can wonder how the course of American Egyptology would have flowed if terrible circumstances had not driven him out of his native Germany. Despite hardship, fear and a career interrupted, he trained and profoundly influenced at least four generations of historians of Egyptian art. His output of research, exhibitions, teaching and publishing was produced with perfection as the goal. BVB, as he was affectionately known to those close to him, inspired all who worked with him to the highest level of achievement which came to be known as “Brooklyn Quality".