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Former WIU Art Chair Passes Away in Massachusetts

June 10, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The former chair of the Western Illinois University Department of Art Richard B. Law passed away Wednesday, May 1, at his home in Worthington, MA.

Law came to Western in 1965 and retired in 1992. He was chairperson of the art department from 1965-1973, taught art for several years and was director of the WIU Art Gallery from 1982-1992.

Law earned his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his master's and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. Before coming to WIU, he was an associate professor of art at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.

Before serving in the U.S. Army in WW II, Law studied at the Museum School of Art in Boston, MA. He returned to his studies after his discharge.

After his retirement from Western, Law moved to the Atlantic coast of Maine, where he painted, drew and carved wood cutouts of coastal images. He was active in the Maine Artist's Association and sold his work at several art galleries in his area.

In the early 2000s, Law moved to Massachusetts because of failing health.

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