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Obituary/Memoir

Guy J. Palazzola
Regent's Proceedings 134

It is with deep regret that the Regents learned of the death of Guy Palazzola, Associate Dean of the School of Art, on October 28, 1978.

Guy Palazzola was born in Kalamazoo and grew up in Detroit. He attended the Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts and received its diploma in Painting. Subsequently he taught on its faculty and served as Assistant to the Director before joining the faculty at The University of Michigan in 1957. He was named Associate Dean in the School of Art in 1975 and carried on extensive television broadcasting which has earned him an international reputation. His work in this medium carried his views on art and its techniques to countless thousands across the country in a direct way, which had enormous appeal.

His gifts as a teacher were widely known and his classes in drawing and painting were regularly oversubscribed. In 1973 he received the University's Distinguished Achievement Award for outstanding teaching and research. As a practicing artist Dean Palazzola has been a consistent award winner since his student days in the late 30's.

His paintings have always been characterized by virtuosity and a compelling sense of the respect he held for the traditional values in composition and technique. These were qualities, which he maintained in his teaching and which gave him the unique character he possessed as a teacher.

Dean Palazzola worked tirelessly for the improvement of the educational opportunities for students in the School of Art. The example he set by his creative work, his lecturing and his own family life set the highest standards for his students as well as his colleagues. He loved art, teaching and the School. His place in our esteem and affection has grown more enduring over the years. The achievements in art and education that he produced will remain a striking monument to him. In losing Guy Palazzola the University has lost one of its most articulate spokesmen for the visual arts and one of its most trusted friends.

The Regents join the entire University community in extending deepest sympathies to his family.