Philip J. Weimerskirch forwarded this obituary for sculptor and medalist Merlin Szäsz. Thanks! I added some images from his Facebook page. RISD is the Rhode Island School of Design.
SZÄSZ, MERLIN Sculptor, Medalist and RISD Professor, passed away April 16, 2013. Merlin's wife, Carol "Woodie" Szösz, with whom he enjoyed a happy marriage that spanned half a century, passed away in 2005.
Merlin was born in Lima, Ohio on Halloween 1936. He came to RISD to teach in 1960 and served as Associate Dean of the College and Provost before being promoted to Professor of Foundation Studies in 1976. He received the L. C. Tiffany Award; the John R. Frazier Award; the American Numismatic Association's Award for Excellence and was the United States delegate to FIDEM.
He created sculpture and medallic works for Harvard, Cornell, Barnard, RISD, the Providence Performing Arts Center and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in West Warwick, RI. In 1997 he completed the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial of Albany County. Examples of his work reside in the collections of the RISD Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, the British Museum, and the House of Lords, London.
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