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Members of the La Roche community will pay tribute to the life and work of a former faculty member with a special event this winter. Martha Fairchild, former professor of graphic and communication design, died on Saturday, December 13. On February 6, the College will host a Retrospective Exhibition Opening and Reception featuring Fairchild’s work. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Art Gallery, located in Providence Hall on the East Campus.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a valuable member of the faculty,” said Howard J. Ishiyama, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs. “Martha’s legacy is one of insightful instruction and a kind, caring nature. Her students responded to her, and they were better prepared for their profession because of her efforts. She will be greatly missed.”

Fairchild joined the faculty at La Roche College in 1979. She received her B.A. from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She was a member of many professional organizations, including Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Print Group, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the National Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Alumni at La Roche honored her by giving her the Alumni Teacher Award in 2001. The Retrospective Exhibition will be in place on the West Campus through February 20. For more information about the opening scheduled for February 6, contact the Department of Graphic and Communication Design at 412-536-1023. <

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