Theodore Milton Wassmer 1910 ~ 2006 Together Again 1910: Theodore Milton Wassmer, born to Theodore James and Hester Hall Wassmer Feb. 23rd, the eldest of eight children in Salt Lake City. 1931 - 1933: At age 21, kept all 10 family members alive during the great depression on his $55.00 a month salary. No welfare then. If you had no money, you starved. 1934: He drove his Model A Ford with friend to Chicago World's Fair. The Great Master's painting he saw influenced him to become a painter. 1934 - 1939: He studied landscape painting with Florence E. Ware. Introduced her to the Tetons in Wyoming. 1939 He worked three years with her on the Kingsbury Hall Murals, posing and painting backgrounds at the University of Utah. The murals were a Judy Farnsworth Lund WPA Depression era project. Her projects kept artists and their families from starving during the Great Depression of the 1930s. 1942 - 1945: He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. While at Sheppard Field, Texas, in off duty hours, painted several murals receiving a commendation from the General of the Command. Hospitalized one year with a paralyzed painting arm. 1945 - 1985: He married Judy Farnsworth Lund in New York City. She had an MA and an MFA from the University of Utah. They studied four years at the Art Students' League. Among their teachers was the famous Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Ted also studied two years with Raphael Soyer. They both painted portraits in their Carnegie Hall studio for two years before moving to the art community of Woodstock, N.Y. where they not only painted and exhibited, but purchased and traded art for the next 33 years. During this time they enjoyed six weeks traveling through Spain, Italy, and Copenhagen, Denmark visiting art museums. 1985: Returned to Salt Lake City after over 40 years in New York. They donated their collection of over 1,500 works of art and sculpture to seven major Utah art museums along with 1700 volumes of art and literature. Ted has over 3000 of his paintings in museums and private collections throughout the USA, Europe and Japan. After 50 years of marriage, Judy died after a stroke at age 84 in 1996. 2000: Received the Michael O. Leavitt Governor's award with a Special Citation along with Robert Redford. Ted finished his 90 year autobiography, Color, the Catalyst, and placed it with family, art collectors, and in all Utah art museums, the University of Utah Marriott Library, and the Salt Lake City Library. 2005: Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. And Mayor Ross "Rocky" C. Anderson proclaimed February 23, 2005 as Theodore Milton Wassmer Day, and presented him with signed documents. At age 95, Ted looks upon each new day as a GIFT, with many new discoveries yet to unfold in life and creativity. 2006: Listed in Marquis, Who's Who in the World, 23rd Ed., Pg. 2713, Theodore Milton Wassmer 1910----, accompanied with bibliography 1910-2005. He joined his wife, Judy, on her birthday, Nov. 26. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, two sisters, Vera Dreith, and Margery Owen; three brothers, Karl, Don, and Dean. He is survived by one sister, Lois (Les) Harrison; one brother, William P. (Shirley) Wassmer; one sister-in-law, Shirley Wassmer; many nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial services will be Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 2 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. 10600 So., in Sandy, Utah. "He had been a very generous man all of his life". Special thanks to Pace Snyder, Ted Rausch and the staff and facilities of Care Source. Donations to the Fairview Museum, P.O. 157, Fairview, UT 84629, would be greatly appreciated.