The Passing of Prof. Arthur Anderson

Arthur Anderson, former Professor of Fine Arts, passed away on March 11, from complications of Pneumonia after having been hospitalized because of a fall in his home.

He had joined the York faculty in September, 1972 and had retired July 1, 1996.

Phil Simkin, former Professor of Fine Arts, remembers Arthur as a person of wisdom and tolerance, one who was his mentor and pal.

Bob Parmet, Professor of History, writes, “Arthur Anderson was a terrific artist and colleague, whose passing is indeed a great loss.  I’ll forever remember him as the designer of the vertical streamers suspended over our Guy R. Brewer entrance for the dedication of the Academic Core on October 22, 1986.”

Ernest Garthwaite, former Professor of Fine Arts, says,  “He was a gentle man, excellent artist and friend, who gave many years to the Department of Performing and Fine Arts.”

Barbara Nickolich, former Professor of Theatre and Chairperson of Performing and Fine Arts 1993 to 2001, remembers especially one of Arthur Anderson’s works, a large painting of green foliage with a small yellow vehicle showing through breaks in the green foreground.  As with all his work, it was executed at a high level within his concept.  He also experimented with early computer art, pasting together pieces of 8-1/2 x 11 print-outs.  One piece, a picture of a tree, evidently a favorite subject, hung in the one of the offices for many years.

As a teacher, Arthur Anderson was extraordinary.  He was demanding of his students, whose own work reflected Professor Anderson’s concern that work be executed at the highest possible level.

We send our condolences to Prof. Anderson's family and friends.

-Department of Performing and Fine Arts.

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