Retired Professors and past colleagues from the
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at RIT
Any successful enterprise is built on the shoulders of skillful and dedicated individuals who generously give of their life to cooperatively contribute to a common goal. This is also the case in the history of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology. We should recognize all the retired professors and all our past colleagues and thank them for a "job well done" on behalf of future generations of students and faculty who will benefit from their initiative and ultimately from their life's work! Here are a few of them.
Due to the large number of images this page may take a little time to load and also note that after the portraits there is a section devoted to "news".
I have decided that this "gallery" would be dedicated to the memory of all those who at one time or another helped advance the cause of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and so I plan to also include the photographs of colleagues who worked at our school and whose photographs I could find as well as those of good friends who now only live in our memories.
I was very fortunate to recently have to opportunity to use my little Agfa ePhoto 1280 digital camera to copy a number of photographs from the "Zakia Archives" going back to the 1950's, '60's and 70's. Then I started adding some pictures I found in my own "archives" and recent "candids" taken as I meet colleagues here and there. If you click HERE you can see them!
At various conferences, lectures or special events, I also "ran across" several individuals who at some time in the past were instructors here, whether in a visiting or full time capacity, and I started a collection of their portraits also. You can check it out by selecting Other Friends.Recently I also became aware of the fact that John Retallack photographed many of SPAS faculty members and staff and has made available online a collection of his portraits. These are a few samples. You can see his entire collection by following this link: John Retallack's collection
By the way, those individual's names, below, that are highlighted in a different color are "hotlinked" to an e-mail program and you can send them e-mail by just clicking on their name. Do it!
It is with a certain amount of contrition that I have to admit that this site has not been updated in quite a long time. Hopefully I can upload some record of at least the photographs from the monthly lunch meetings among those retired and friends who live in the Rochester area. Unfortunately the virus has put a damper on local activities and there is not much to share these days.
Recently I received a little anecdote forwarded to me by Jim Langone. I don't know who told it to him but here it goes. It is about Les Stroebel. "I was there 75-79. (probably RIT) I'll have to give you a call sometime so we can relive the excitement of the "Cage." I ran into Dick Zakia at a Duke football game a year or two before he passed. He was surprised I recognized him. Actually, I wasn't sure so I just went up and asked. ;) Don't know if you ever heard the Strobel view camera story from his trip to the Eastman House. Seems he took some family (probably out of towners) to the GEH and as they were passing that ginormous view camera on the first floor some guy was astounding a group gathered around it about it's use etc and he kept referencing Strobel and his book but he was a (ahem) a little confused in what he was saying. Strob listened for a bit and then figured he didn't want his good name sullied so he corrected the gentleman. The guy promptly went on the defensive and asked who he was. Strob said he cleared his throat and said I'm Leslie Strobel the guy that wrote the book and and noticed your incorrect comments, or something to that effect. He said you could hear a pin drop. He never really told many anecdotal stories in class but man I can still see the grin on his face when he told that story."
Note: Clicking on photographs with a blue margin will show you a larger version.
It is always sad to report on the passing of one of our friends and collagues but note that Dr. Lothar Engelmann passed in October 2019 in Cologne, Germany. I personally rember the twinkle in his eyes and his German accent along with his teaching contributions at the School.
Here are most of the 2015 group photographs of locals who meet monthly for lunch.
Sometimes we are joined by visitors and guests ... such as Jamie Young, Bob Keough and Kimberly McKenzie.
with Jamie Young and his panoramic photo
with Doug Manchee
with Kimberly McKenzie
with Bob Keough
I received a couple of photographs from friends who live far away. Carol and David Robertson (Florida) and Wes Kemp (Florida) ... John Compton also lives in Florida!
Group photo from sometime in 2014 when John Compton and Bob Cooper came to visit.
Found a strip of negatives made with a 1/2 frame camera by Bob Kushner I believe. Smitty, Todd, Neil and ???
This is a set of photographs from May 12, 1984 that were made with a 110 camera probably at the retirement of Henry Leichtner (?). Plus three photos of Al Rickmers, Muhamed Abouelata and Les Stroebel "in action"but don't knw date they were made.
If you know the year that the photograph below was made please let me know. Email me at email@example.com
Old News: In December 2015 I ran across this news release in reference to Kathy Collins:
Kansas City, MO – Kathleen Collins, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 1996, announced recently she'd retire in June 2011. During Kathleen Collins's tenure as president of the Kansas City Art Institute, the campus has been infused and transformed by $29 million in renovations and new buildings. The college has erased a deficit, increased enrollment, reorganized into four schools, launched an animation major, and a planned launch of a new digital media major.
Collins cited the creation of the H&R Block Artspace, as well as the new library and painting buildings, as some of her proudest accomplishments.
In June 2011, when she retires, Collins will have served as president of the college for 15 years. That's longer than any president in the 125 year history of the Art Institute. Laura Spencer, KCUR News.
I have been asked by Ginger Arnold to disseminate information
about a celebration of life gathering at RIT in remembrance of Charlie
Arnold. Ginger is concerned that time is getting short and she said she
could use all the assistance possible to make his friends and past
students aware of this event.
A note from the founding father, C.B.Neblette, appeared among my papers and I thought you all might get a kick out of perusing it. His wishes came about but later they were ignored. Weird if you ask me. Get the article he wrote and which appeared in the 1927 August issue of American Photographer magazine where he proposes a College of Photographic Technology. Click on the link below:
For those SPAS old timers among us it's with
sadness that I note the passing of Prof. Don Smith. Don taught for
nearly 40 years at SPAS and when I was a student there I took his
course in the 2nd year of Pro Photo. Smitty was dedicated to his
students and always went above and beyond to help. And he was an honest
man - he told me at the end of his course that if I was planning on
make my living as a photographer, I should be prepared to starve to
death. That advice helped direct me to major in photographic technology
and to start a teaching career focused on the same. He bacame a good
friend and colleague.
I am also saddened to relay this note from Renee
Zakia: Dear Friends and Family, I ask for your prayers for the repose
of the soul of Richard Donald (born: Rashid Elisha) Zakia, who left us
for Heaven on March 12, 2012. We will be making arrangements for the
Funeral Mass and will write back then. - Renee (if you would like to
contact Renee write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard (Rashid) Zakia, beloved father,
grandfather and friend, passed away on March 12, 2012. He is
predeceased by his son, Aleck and his wife Lois; brothers, Br. Joseph
(Mounier) Marie Zakia, SA, and Fred (Fuad) Zakia. He is survived by his
daughter, Renee Zakia; son-in-law, R. Patrick Fahey; grandchildren,
Evan, Liam, Lydia, Luke, Joseph and Haley; sister, Gloria O'Neil;
nephews, James and Thomas O'Neil; and niece, Joanne Kemp. Mass of
Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
in Apex, NC on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM, followed by
inurnment at St. Andrew's Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, our father
has requested donations in his memory to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301
Professional Place, Landover, MD 20785 or online. We wish to thank
Hospice of Wake County and Waverly Hematology-Oncology for their care
Update on March 3, 2012 - note that all
photographs can be seen larger by clicking on them
Dr. Richard Zakia is in need of your thoughts and prayers as at this time his condition is precarious. For contact infornation with his family drop me a note - email@example.com
Departed colleagues: These past few months have taken
a toll on the group. Tom Wilson, Charlie Arnold, Dick Norman, Don Smith
and Bob Kayser all passed on. They are missed. Sherry has moved to be
with her Mom for a few months. Charlie will have a celebration of life
event at RIT in April. The local retirees and some friends from afar
got together to buy RIT memorial bricks for all of them to be installed
On February 23rd several local members of the retirees "club" got together for lunch at the Radisson as usual. A new activity was started having to do with inviting local alumni and other celebs to join (entertain) the group. This month's guest was John Myers a successful local commercial photographer who profusely acknowledged the contributions to his success by everyone but particularly Howard LeVant.
If you have news to share or anything realted to this webpage
please do not hesitate to communicate that to me. Andy Davidhazy by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
News from June, 2011:
THE NORTHEAST: Zakia update and small group at lunch
FROM THE NORTHEAST: After a long absence here are some
Lothar Engelmann was expected for this lunch but he and Waltraud were essentially snowed in in Cologne and decided not to make the trek west at this time. Of course conversation was all about them! ;) John continues to make photographs and just acquired a new high end full frame Nikon DSLR. Howard stays busy in many ways. Andy mostly listens. We heard that Tom Wilson is heading out on another overseas trip. Doug Lyttle is active and plays tennis on a regular basis.
A bit of a scare recently as Dick Zakia had some kidney trouble and was in hospital for a few days. It is all cleared up and he is back home and feeling good as they say. He also just recently celebrated his 85th birthday. Les Stroebel is well and spends time (much bridge!) with buddies at his community residence facility near Park Ridge hospital.
I had forgotten that sometime ago Les Stroebel gave me some photographs to digitize and install in a "gallery" associated with the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the start of instruction in the area of photography at RIT. Now I must admit that his photographs don't go back quite as far as 100 years ago but there are some interesting candids and formal faculty and student portraits from the 40's and later anyway. See them here: HERE.
FROM THE NORTHEAST: John Retallack joins last Thursday of
month lunch reunions
Northeast update on Sept 12, 2009
Northeast and the East update on May 22, 2009
NEWS FLASH: 5 current faculty members in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences have announced plans to retire fully or partially at the end of the 2007 academic year. They include: Prof. Elaine O'Neil, Prof. John Retallack, Prof. Elliott Rubenstein, Prof. Jack Karpen and Prof. Guenther Cartwright. There was a celebration event (not exactly a retirement party but it was hard to tell the difference!) at a bistro in Pittsford in their honor. You can take a peek at a visual record of the event by following this link: http://www.rit.edu/cias/ritphoto/a-news/2008-SPAS-CELEBRATION/
Congratulations to all new retirees and welcome to the retired SPAS faculty group! There is a spot reserved for you at the Radisson lunch table where they meet the last Thursday of every month to catch up on life's minutia. C'mon down, you hear!
driving around in Rochester in late April, 2008 I happened upon Richard
Norman and Milton Pearson who invited me to have lunch with them at
Winton Road. We had a great time. Dick Norman had recently been treated
at Kirkhaven and was pretty much back to his old self especially when
it came to a dry and witty sense of humor. Of course we were regaled to
several jokes and PC incorrect commentaries! Apparently this pair has a
regular lunch meeting every couple of months and one of the celebrated
guests, of course, is Rita. I think it would be a good idea to drop in
on them sometime! However, the unexpected happened and this is
unfortunately no longer a possibility.
Richard Zakia and Les Stroebel were honored by the PIEA or Photo/Imaging Education Association for long term teaching excellence in photographic education as well as a extensive contributions to the photographic literature. Richard Zakia received his award in North Carolina during a lecture he presented at Wingate University. Lex Youngman, his host said: Richard Zakia came to Wingate on February 7 and spoke to both of my photo classes about the topics in his 2007 book, Perception and Imaging, Photography: A Way of Seeing. He had my students fascinated; they were attentive and animated as he involved them in the discovery of Gestalt principles. Les Stroebel was presented with his award at the February 28, 2008 lunch meeting of the retired professors in Rochester. CONGRATULATIONS !
Attending the lunch meeting this month was John Pfahl with spouse Bonnie. Although John lives in Buffalo we had not had the peasure of his company in the past. He was in town visiting RIT, the Eastman House, Doug Lyttle and the rest of the crew at the meeting.
And here is a selection of photographs from the event sent in by Doug Lyttle who obvioulsy had a good vatange point with the window behind him! As usual click on the thumbnails to see a larger version in a new window.
From the Southeast on January 10, 2008
John Compton sent a brief update on his activities and it goes like this: My wife Kathy and I are now living in Bonita Springs, FL having moved here this past October. Bonita Springs is a suburb of Fort Myers. We built a house in a golf course community and are enjoying the lack of snowy, cold weather. Attached are some photos of the house and surrounding areas.
This past year I was working for Vertis Communications as VP of Quality and Training but left them in early December. So I'm back doing consulting work once again on quality and process improvement still in the imaging and printing arena. My wife has her own business designing and developing home decor products with companies in Asia and travels there frequently. Our health is good and we are enjoying this phase of our lives together.
How are things at RIT and SPAS? There are many times that I miss being in the classroom and working with you and others to build new and better programs.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2008, John
From the Europe January 10, 2008
Lothar Engelmann sent year end greetings and some news: Hello Andy, it is this time of the year again. We hope and wish you are doing well and your CMML is successfully kept in check. Waltraud's CLL is one year after chemo still holding, and we are very happy about this. I am doing well. My heart is still beating irregularly, but it is beating. How is RIT treating you? Anyway, we are wishing you and Sue anbd all our friends an enjoiable Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!
Lothar and Waltraud
The picture was taken from our terrace across the Rhein with a 300mm lens
From the Northeast on Nov. 10, 2007
Charlie Arnold had an exhibition of his Xerographs at the Harrisburg Community College Rose Lehramn gallery in Pennsylvania. "Love of the Visual" was installed in the gallery from October 15 - November 16, 2007. He also gave a lecture on his work in the Rose Lehrman Theatre on November 6th and and visited with students there.
Bea Nettles, who is a professor at University of Illinois, sent this note: Bea Nettles Creates Disc Icon for Springsteen The Three of Swords by Bea Nettles appears on Magic, the latest release by Bruce Springsteen. It is one of her original photographic tarot cards from Mountain Dream Tarot, created during the years 1970-75. SONY found the image in an Australian fashion magazine. The second printing of the deck came out in 2001. More about her work can be seen at http://www.beanettles.com/. Nettles taught photography at RIT in 1971-2 and again from 1976-1984. email@example.com
From the Northeast
In July 2007 Michael Peres unearthed among some papers that were in one of his cabinets a document written by William Soule Shoemaker about the history of the school from 1931 until 1981, the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its establishment. The document also contained a brief biography of C.B. Neblette and William Brehm as well as a listing of past faculty members and speakers at the school. I used Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to transform the typed text to a digital format and made it available for your information here. Read SPAS history here!
On May 24th, 2007 or thereabouts the retired members of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences met for their regularly scheduled monthly lunch at the Radisson just down the road apiece from the school. The meeting was a week earlier than usual due to the visit in town by Lothar Engelmann who is living with his wife Waltraud in Cologne, Germany. He is there during most of the year except for these short visits to Rochester to visit family and friends. For this occasion Bill Springer also joined the group and brought everyone up on developments in the "photo lab" which is moving from the basement to the 3rd floor of the building. You can see in the photographs of the event that everyone had a good time!
News from Andy Davidhazy in the DIPT: This is to let you know that I will be away from the Institute for an undetermined (but possibly 3-4 months) time undergoing a stem cell transplant procedure at the Fred Hutchinson hospital in Seattle, WA. FYI I will try to stay connected and I will be happy to help over email whenever possible. I leave for Seattle on the 14th of October. Thanks again and I hope to see you all in the Spring quarter, andy
I am happy to say that I have returned to Rochester after a 6 month stay in Seattle and things look OK at the moment.
On October 9, 2006 I received this note from Les Stroebel in connection with the Alumni Reunion that took place the previous weekend and the opening of the Bernie Boston exhibition in the SPAS Photo Gallery:" Thanks for your e-mail and your address. We did stop by your office, hoping to catch you in, but understanding that you had more important things to do. Reunion events kept us busy from the opening reception for Bernie Boston on Friday evening all through the day Saturday from the Golden Circle Breakfast through the wine hour, by which time we were bushed. The attached picture shows Dick, Art Herz, a fellow classmate from 1942, and me on the lead golf card for a tour of the campus after the breakfast. We will look forward to a reunion with you sometime after you return (from Seattle) with a real Mission Accomplished. With the best of luck, Les".
Towards the end of September 2006, there was an exhibition of Xerographs by Charlie Arnold at the University of Rochester's Rare Books Library. It was a delightful exhibition not only for the opportunity to see Charlie's work but also the photographs and messages of thanks and admiration sent for the event by numerous of Charlie's past students. There was also an opportunity to see a film produced by James Cochran about Charlie. The U or R library will house the Charlie Arnold collection.
From the Northeast
A photograph by Les Stroebel was placed on display at the Arts Fest in Brighton High School in June 2005. News catch up rather slowly here but now everyone can read all about it - by clicking on the image to the left - along with a brief summary of Les' recent photographic activities as well as a brief synopsis of how he became a faculty member at RIT at the 7-word invitation of CB. Les says: "It is difficult to make accurate notes in a phone interview, so some things I said (to the reporter) are a little different in the article. The seven magic words Neblette said that changed my life, for example, were "Les, how would you like to teach?". But overall I am pleased with the article". I guess accuracy is one characteristic that distinguishes Les from many of the rest of us! (smile!)
CONGRATULATIONS are due to Doug Lyttle for the successful completion of the treatise that he has been working on for the larger part of the last 10 years at least. A book on life at a monastery in Greece. The book has been published and is available for purchase. It is a magnificent volume and the photographs in particular are great! The success of his work is patently evident by the fact that Doug has acquired a Greek middle name: Demetrios. Read all about it in the book! It is available from him or you can purchase Miracle on Monastery Mountain through Amazon.com
From Mendon Ponds Park in May 2005
Although this is not exactly a historical
reference it will soon be! Howard LeVant (who recently actually and
finally retired and so there is a connection to this page after all!)
took some photographs with his Canon Digital Rebel that he is totally
in love with, at a SPAS family picnic organized as a final outcome of
Images from Science exhibition that opened three years ago and
that has been traveling the world even since. Proceeds from this
venture defrayed the expenses related to the picnic. There were about
50 SPAS faculty and staff and families that attended this event that
may be the precursor of more to come in the future. Whiffle ball tested
the coordination of young and "mature" as well. Catering by the
Dinosaur Barbecue provided a memorable culinary experience for everyone
and a chance to enjoy a classic country-style barbecue with pulled
beef, beans, and various other accoutriments. Conversation flowed
helped along to be sure by generous amounts and varieties of local and
imported hops derived refreshments.
From Rochester in Fall 2004
More of a pictorial report than anything else and this is one of those things I had forgotten about but last Fall (I forget the date!) I attended one of the monthly meetings of the retirees and it just so happened that it was one that Lothar Engelmann also attended as well as David Engdahl, who now has returned to the Rochester area. Found the Florida scene not to his liking. Notably absent was Les Stroebel whom I had seen at every previous lunch gathering I had attended in the past! Here are a couple of snaps of the group:
From the Northeast
Two faculty members of the School have retired at the end of a 26 year stint each. Rus Kraus who came to SPAS as its director and subsequently stepped into the shoes (figuratively speaking) of Les Stroebel and taught the major portion of the Materials and Processes of Photography course for 20 years retired to move to New Mexico and to enjoy life with Elaine in the desert in Las Cruces, NM. Howard LeVant, with Nancy at his side, who taught primarily in the advertising and commercial photography areas after having had a productive career in the discipline in Chicago, has not quite retired to the Penn Yan and Keuka Lake where he plans on harrassing the local fish and will be teaching on an adjunct capacity in his spare time.
From the Southwest
It is with sadness that I report on the passing of another good friend and long term colleague. Nile Root on April 2, 2004, at peace and at home with Abby and son Jim. You can reach Abby at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a more extensive webpage with additional details about him and his recent accomplishments in the digital photography arena HERE.
On June 6, 2004 we received this note from Les: He says: The June issue of the Smithsonian included the winners of their photo contest, one of which was a photograph by Nile. I am attaching copies of the picture and the caption in case you have not already have them. Please post them on your retirees Web site. The caption with the photograph says:
Photographed Summer 1964
Root, who died of esophageal cancer as we went to press (but
after being notified he was a finalist), snapped this photograph of his
father, Victor (far right), and Victor's dog, Duke.
From the Northeast
From CB Neblette in 1944
Perusing some old boxes I came across a reprint of a 1944 Popular Photography article in which CB Neblette (along with others such as Lazlo Molholy-Nagy, Eliot Elisofon and Bernice Abbot) made some predictions about the future of photography. You can read the article by following this LINK.
And I also found another "visionary" article by CB in a
reprint from Modern Photography but this one was from 25 years later,
as the new RIT campus was being built. Click on: Should you
study photography in college? to read it!
saddened to her of the recent passing of Bob Kushner. Akira Hasegawa, who is the
nephew-in-law of Kush, sent this note on Sunday, Nov. 17: "Hello.
I'm extremely sad to inform you that Kush has passed away on Nov. 6,
2002, in Austin, Texas. The immediate cause of his death was Acute
Kush, after being seen by a doctor at Stanford, flew to Texas with
Yoshiko to be with his youngest daughter, Liz.
Liz is a nurse and he felt comfortable to be with her while he received
treatment. But his condition got worse. - No one expected that his life
would end so soon.
This photograph was taken this past summer of Bob and one of
his past students Jeff Myers
"Thought I'd send along a photo from a fishing trip I took last week. I
met Prof. Kushner up in British Columbia for a week of fishing. Lots of
Rainbows and of course the old Professor still taught me a few things
about catching them."
Recently there was some kind of get together at RIT and I happened to run across Neil Croom who was looking to attach names to all the faculty members that posed for the above photograph. He had been able to identify about 5 of us! So I decided to give him a hand but even so there were a few faces who at this time still have not been connected with their proper name. If you happen to be reading this and would like to try your hand at making a list of participants in this group photo by Michael Soluri and Guenther Cartwright start from the left and work your way to the right. The first person that get the whole list done before I post my take on all the names wins! Remember you click ON the picture to see it bigger! Send your list to me, Andy, at email@example.com
OK - Guenther Cartrwight, on December 29, 2002 sent me a VERY
complete list and I added my $.02 and we have a list that is almost
lacking on two names to finish it up. The list we came up with is
included below. Let us know if we've made any mistakes!
I came across some old
(a relative term of course) negatives that
apparently were taken as part of a project to put together a
promotional brochure and among the negatives found some of John Compton
and Al Rickmers "in action". Apparently John is giving a presentation
about the arrangement of the color sensitive emulsion layers and dye
absorption deficiencies while Al is doing what he does best and that is
talk about statistics and sampling theory. While in a nostalgic mood
let me share with you a couple other photographs I found. One is of our
late colleague, Erik Timmerman, walking with Nile Root towards the
Union from our School probably going to lunch sometime in the early
801s. And this one is of Olive LeFevre and her husband at a picnic
Searching through sand-covered vaults in his attic, Dick Zakia sent us this heretofore unpublished photograph of one of the stalwart, handsome and long-sung heros of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, aka Lawrence of RIT. Details are scarce but this much has come to the light of day: "Captain Leslie D. Stroebel, U.S Air Force geodetic control unit in Taif, Saudi Arabia, 1945--out of uniform but in a royal uniform thanks to a gift from King Ibn Saud."
Recently the Annual SPAS Faculty exhibtion was inaugurated in the School's Photo Gallery. During the course of the opening severaL snapshots of the activity were made and later compiled into a small "album". To take a peek at the goings on of January 11, 2002 simply click on the following words: 2002 SPAS Faculty Show. Hmmm ... I need to find the correct link nbow that RIT changed servers! sorry
From the East
Dick Zakia's birthday was Dec. 9th, and was celebrated at their daughter and son-in-law's home in nearby Carey. One of Dick's grandsons took the picture. (It was later deftly retouched by none other than Les Stroebel on his computer)
He sent a note to Les Stroebel on the occasion and here are some exerpts from that letter: ... You are absolutely correct regarding the picture on the wall behind me. It is by Barbara Morgan and of a Martha Graham dancer jumping in the air. The photo is appraised at 5000 bucks. Sorry that the Daguerreotype photo did not come through ok. I will check it and see what I can do to correct it for it is quite impressive, considering it was scanned.
Thanks for the information regarding your recent lunch. Nice to know that I am one of the younger members of the group. I will not think that 76 is young.
And thanks for taking the time to forward the mail that came to me at RIT. Am azing that I still get mail there. I suppose you do also along with Lothar and the rest of us. I got a call from Dick Norman yesterday and he is doing well. He had just made up on of his Normal lyrics and was anxious to share them with L ois and me. I think the reason he does not attend the luncheons is that Lothar is no longer there. He and Lothar were good buddies. But I would not be surpri sed if he showed up for a couple of them next year.
I got a email Christmas from a former student in Korea and one from a former student in Israel. email is wonderful in that respect. Also got a card from a former MFA student who now heads up the grad program at Savannah College of Ar t and Design. The program has 500 students in it and the college is the largest private art college in the US of A.
From the Northeast:
Once again that time of year rolled around and the Retired Faculty installed another exhibition of their photographs in the 2nd floor hallway display cases. I managed to make photographs of some of them while the photographs were being installed but missed Doug Lyttle. The faculty appear in alphabetical order, Charile Arnold, Ed Cohen and Ira Current, David Engdahl, Bob Kayser, Les Stroebel and Jouhn Trauger. Since Dick Zakia and Nile Root are enjoying their retiement years away from the snow and cold of the northeast they sent their contributions in so I don1t have portraits of them either. Examples of their work, however, are included and on the bottom row they are shown (from L to R) as Lyttle, Root and Zakia. Another set of crackerjack photographs! Thanks, y'all for taking the time and effort to install this exhibition for the benefit and enjoyment of students and faculty alike.
NOTE: You might speed up viewing of the larger images that you can obtain by clicking on the small ones by opening them in a second window. With PCs this is opened by holding down the right button and with Macs by keeping the single button help down for a couple of seconds. Closing the second window returns you to this page without having to reload it from scratch.
the Fourth of July, 2001 Dr. Lothar Engelmann, retired Dean of the
College of Graphic Arts and Photography got on a plane with his wife
Waltraud and headed back to Germany after more than a 40 year stay in
the States. He promises to be back to visit from time to time and we
all look forward to this. Lothar and Waltraud will be moving into an
apartment in Cologne. He welcomes email at the address given in the
card and linked to his name in the portrait section.
We were all saddened by the following note, sent by Bob Rose, a SPAS graduate and long time friend of the School, when it was received at the SPAS office:
Terry Bollmann passed away on December 9th, 2000 at his home in Florida after a lengthy illness. He was born June 6, 1938.
Terry came to RIT originally as a student in the fall of 1969 and started teaching shortly after graduation with a BS degree in Professional Photography from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. He retired in 1991 and moved to Florida to take care of his mother and continue his work as a photographer and gadget guru.
I can offer the following which was his introduction one day when he presented a lecture at the Webb Auditorium:
Terry Bollmann: A Teacher, a Counselor, a Confidant, a Friend, a Professional Photographer, all wrapped up in one package.
As usual for the last umpteen years or so, several distinguished members of the retired and other past faculty put on a small exhibition of their photographs in the 2nd floor display cases in the hallways of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. A special feature of this year's exhibition was the fact that the exhibit included work from faculty who now are only with us in our memories but whose photographs still allow us to make a connection with them.
NOTE: These reproductions were made rather simply and expeditiously through the plexigalss windows of the display cases and so the quality may not be the highest obtainable but the purpose was to simply give the visitor a glimpse of what this exhibition was all about. You might speed up viewing of the larger images that you can obtain by clicking on the small ones by opening them in a second window. With PCs this is opened by holding down the right button and with Macs by keeping the single button help down for a couple of seconds. Closing the second window returns you to this page without having to reload it from scratch.
The alphabetical listing of authors this year, reading from left to right, is: Charlie Arnold, Robert Bagby, Fred Brehm, Ed Cohen, Neil Croom, Ira Current, David Engdahl, Lotahr Engelmann, Mike Geissinger, Betty Hahn, Ralph Hattersley, Brad Hindson, Tom Iten, Bob Kayser, Jim McMillon, Nile Root, Charlie Savage, Les Stroebel and John Trauger.
The photographs were "up" during the last couple of weeks in October and this very special exhibition owes a great deal of gratitude to Bob Kayser for bringing it all together. Good show, y'all!
By the way, to see the photographs from last year choose Exhibit from 1999.
Ira Current celebrates 90th birthday!
The latest from the Rochester group
On June 30, 2000 the Rochester Retirees from SPAS met for their regular monthly meeting which consists of lunch at the Radisson. Several visitors from campus also attended the luchen and everyone had a grand old time. There were no new news to report although Dave Engdahl brough everyone up to date with his relatively recent illness and subsequent triple bypass surgery. We were glad to have him present and in such good spirits. The occasion was turned into photographic memories and it is available for your visual enjoyment by simply clicking on Lunch on the 30th!. (Use your browser's "back" button to return to this page).
From the Southeast:
Brief note from Rickmers
We enjoy Howard LeVant's "News Releases" but we have moved and now have a new address. Howard, keep up the good work and tell, who needs to know, what our new home address is: Al and Rena Rickmers, 40 Surry Cicrle North, Pinehurst, NC 28374
From the Northeast:
This note was received by Howard Levant and is posted here since it is in reference to C.B. Neblette and what he was doing in 1929!:
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 11:41:09 -0500
Don't know if the following is of any interest to you or to the SPAS, but thought I would send it "for what it's worth."
I am the archivist of my professional association, Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE). The organization was founded in 1913 at the University of Illinois. I am writing a history article for our quarterly "The Journal of Applied Communications." In going through newsletters from the 1920s, I found the following from which I am excerpting. It appeared in the October - November 1929 issue of our newsletter, "The ACE."
"A photographic contest for Texas county and home demonstration agents drew fifteen entries from men and five from women with a total of 115 prints submitted in a recent competition for three prizes offered for the best story-telling pictures. The entries were projected via lantern slides and briefly criticized from a composition standpoint by R. R. Lancaster, Rural Organizer in the Extension staff, and C.B. Neblette, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station photographer. At the conclusion, the three winning pictures were shown.
"Individual aid in improving photographic techniques was offered by Mr. Neblette in his studio each day during the week, but only two agents availed themselves of the opportunity."
I did not know Mr. Neblette had worked in Texas, let alone for the Texas Ag Exp Station. He was head of the Photo Department when I went to RIT.
Bill Carnahan - Photo 1951 (Nearly 50 years ago. I hope to come to campus next year to celebrate).
Another retiree establishes email connection!
Bob Kayser tells me that you can send him email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org I am not sure how propmpt he is about responding so if you find out please let me know!
From the Southeast:
A recent message from Wes Kemp says:
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 20:50:07 -0500 (EST)
It was a treat and a delight to see the faces of our 'senior friends". I must say you came up with a most pleasing portrait of me. You can be my Editor any time ! ;)..... when, you have a moment, please update my e-mail address (the RIT e-mail address in no longer 'active') email@example.com will do the trick.
In the past hour, I learned of the death of Ralph Hattersley. He had been in failing health over recent years and had been confined to a nursing home. I talked to Charles Arnold a few minutes ago.... about Ralph's death.
Very best regards,
Note: the following message was posted on Andy Davidhazy's guestbook. You might drop the Hattersley children a note ...
We would like his former friends and colleagues to know of the
passing of Ralph
M. Hattersley Jr., former
teacher of photography at RIT, on Feb. 5, 2000. His kids, Cleve, Craig,
Lissa, live now in Austin,
Texas, and will greatly miss him.
Craig R. Hattersley firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that the David Engdahls will be spending the winter in Lehigh Acres, Florida starting on January 11, 2000. They will have internet connections since they are bring an IBM computer with them. Our e-mail address is email@example.com. Our snail mail address is 52 Heath Aster Lane, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936-7351. Phone: (941) 368-1109. Do not use the old e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
those of you who have been looking for John Compton's
address, here it
is: 1064 West Sutton Street, Palatine, IL 60067 (this is old new ... he
has since moved to Florida and his address is mentioned higher up in
From the Southwest:
Nile Root had this to say recently among many other things:
... Have you looked at my web site yet? I'm having a great time with it. Let me know what you think. I'm adding new stuff each day.
Good to hear from you. All is well here. Nick (Graver) and his wife are visiting for a week or more soon, and then Elliott Rubenstein and his wife on th 24th of this month. Your turn to come see us. Back to the web site - Nile
From the Northeast:
Towards early February 1999, Dr. Richard Zakia announced that he was going to be moving out of the Rochester area and moving closer to his daughter's family in North Carolina. He is looking forward to spending significantly more time with his grandchildren!
The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences organized a farewell party on this momentous occasion and friends from near and far came to wish him a well. Here are some "snaps" from the celebration:
From left to right, you can see Bill DuBois awarding a Willie Osterman print to Dr.Z while the congregation gives witness, Les Stroebel engaged in animated conversation with Milton Pearson and Irv Pobboravsky as Dr.Z looks on in surprise, Dr.Z chatting with Owen Butler while Nathan Lyons is amazed by a digital camera manipulated by Gordon Brown, Howard Lester making a point with Loret Steinberg and Lynne Bentley-Kemp, Bill DuBois and Judi Murray hamming it up for the camera.
have heard from Martin Rennalls and he is doing well in sunny
has this bit of news to share with us: he was recently nominated for
awarded Lifetime Achievement Award in Jamaica for contributing to Film
production in Jamaica and the Governor of Jamaica has agreed to publish
his autobiography. In addition, he was honored by the Jamaican
government with the
second highest civilian honor awarded to a citizen of the country - the
Commander of the Order of Distinction for outstanding contributions to
Jamaica's development in the area of communications. The photograph
him, along with his wife Ivy, receiving the Award and wearing the
the Order of Distinction (C.D.) Medal. To get in touch with him his
Martin A. Rennalls, C.D., 4050 N 51 Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33021-1629.
Skip Battaglia became the last faculty member to be admitted into the exalted ranks of the "Full Professors" of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. The event was celebrated last Spring by a group of colleagues taking him to lunch at a local eatery. A good time was had by all.
On a more pressing issue, the full professors group currently has no elected chair or organizational structure. It seems to me that the group could very well have become an anachronism. Hopefully something "develops".
Hollis Todd: We were deeply saddened by the sudden passing on July 12, 1998, of a good friend and colleague as a result of an accident. Prof. Hollis Todd was a pillar and a cornerstone upon whom the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences was constructed. He was a faculty member at RIT and the School of Photography (which was to become the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences) from 1946 until 1976 and taught photographic physics, sensitometry and mathematics. In 1966 he was honored with the RIT Outstanding Teacher Award. His contributions were particularly influential in a philosophy that permeated the school over the years and gave it a very distinct "flavor" and a wide ranging "menu" when compared to others. Hollis, thanks.
Radisson Lunches: As you might know, the local retireees from the School and their friends, regularly meet for lunch at the Radisson every last Thursday of the month. Here are some snapshots taken at the last meeting where Ira Current brought his son to the meeting.
SPAS Reorganized: In case you missed it, the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences does not have a Director anymore but three Administrative Chairs (?) have split that office's functions. There is a "latent" desire to collaborate and conduct joint projects and so on and essentially to keep the "look" to the outside as undistrubed and transparent and seamless as in the past. Let's see how things "develop".
Scott and Carol Williams depart for
On the evening of May 22nd, 1998 (or thereabouts) faculty from the
and their spuses met at Portobello's restaurant for what was to be the
supper at RIT for one of the Imaging and Photographic Technology
"luminaries" over the last four years. Dr. Scott Williams departed for
but promised to keep in close touch with his many friends in SPAS. You
can contact him by e-mail right HERE!. He will be
Foto-wear, Inc. 101 Pocono Drive, Milford, PA 18337. You can also send
cards and letters to 1532 Hemlock Farms, 109 Saddlebrook Ln., Hawley,
We will all miss him.
Luncheon Photo from a few years back!
Les Stroebel brought in the photograph that you see here. It was taken at a lunch gathering at a restaurant by the Genesee river just over the tracks right here in Henrietta (although it might be Brighton!). Anyway, I have no information on the year the photo was taken (even though I myself was present at the event) so if you could help me out that would be much appreciated.
BTW, that woman in a red outfit was not a part of the group in case you are wondering. She was not even a she. IT was a mannequin.
Photos from the Attic: Digging through ancient and dusty crevices in his basement, Dr. Richard Zakia recently unearthed a relic from the past ... a relic to remind us of our heritage, indeed, the heritage of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. His find relates to a photograph taken by Ralph Hattersley of a faculty meeting presided over by C.B. Neblette sometime in the late 1950's when RIT was still located in downtown Rochester and the School occupied the upper floors of the Clark Building locatedon the corner of Washington and Broad streets in the 3rd ward.
Let's see how many of our colleagues you can identify! Well, from left to right: Richard Zakia, Ed Wilson, Charlie Arnold, (who is that above Charlie's head?), Al Rickmers, Robert Bagby, Don Smith, David Engdahl, Charlie Savage, Hollis Todd, Bill Shoemaker and with his back to the camera: C.B. Neblette.
There was someone else present, it seems, with his back to the camera and between Zakia and Neblette but was "retouched" out. Who was that? And where is Les Stroebel? Was this _everyone_ or only those that came to the meeting? Was Minor White there? What year _was_ this anyway?
The Ira Current family is online and plugged-in!!! It is about the most extensive family listing of websites that has come to our attention and listed below are all manner of contacts with Ira's family.
Ira's site is at: http://members.aol.com/tnerruc/index.html
From the Southwest:
We have learned that Nile Root has an selection of his photographs on exhibit at the Artist of the Month Gallery, 4831 East 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ from February 11 to March 6, 1998.
The exhibition, CyberVisions - Digital Images by Nile Root,
consists of ancient
motifs - current technology. The sample image shown here is entitled:
Gallery - Chaco Canyon (it is Copyright 1998 by Nile Root). There will
be an opening reception on Sunday,
February 15, from noon to 2pm. If you are in the area you are invited
From the Northeast:
Professor Emeritus Charles Arnold recently designed a comprehensive set of brochures to promote each of the departments within the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. A "thumbnail" image of the folio cover is seen at left and below are the illustrations gracing the pages of some of the departmental brochures. If you click on any of these small images you can see an enlarged version. Prof. Arnold made these images based on rolled and folded paper forms.
RIT School of Photographic Arts and Sciences Professor Emeritus Dr. Richard D. Zakia recently published a new book on visual perception under the title of: Perception and Imaging. From the preface:
"Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated,
intended to be looked at. This brings to the forefront not the
imaging, which of course is important, but rather what we might call
Comments from some readers:
"This book is a nuts and bolts primer on how human beings make
sense of the
world they see. Anyone interested in learning more about visual
the way pictures convey their messages would benefit by reading this
- Dr. Bruce Cline - Head, Photo Department, Lakeland Community College,
Perception and Imaging Focal Press, 1977 307 pages,
$34.95 To order: call 1-800-366-2665 or fax 1-800-446-6520.
To drop a line to one of the retired faculty members who does not have e-mail, send me a message and I will try to locate the faculty member you want to reach and help establish communication between you. Wrtite to me, Andrew Davidhazy at email@example.com.
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