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University community remembers art history department’s Ed Eglinski

Thursday, May 11, 2017

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas community is grieving the death of a longtime art history professor.

Edmund Eglinski, professor emeritus in the Kress Foundation Department of the History of Art, died May 7 in Lawrence. 

“Professor Eglinski served our university well and touched the lives of many students during his nearly 40-year career on our art history faculty,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “I express my deepest condolences, on behalf of the entire university, to his family, his friends and the colleagues and students he encountered during his career at KU.”

Eglinski joined KU as an assistant professor in 1964. He taught courses in the art of Greece and Rome, Japan, the 20th century and an introductory survey of Western art history. He also taught the art of medieval and Renaissance Italy, publishing an introductory textbook, “The Art of the Italian Renaissance,” in 1968.  

“Ed devoted his career to teaching and he inspired many students,” said David Cateforis, department chair. “ I knew him as a kind and supportive colleague who gave me a lot of good advice in my early years in the department. I always enjoyed his company and will remember him fondly.” 

The Edmund Eglinski Prize for Study Abroad in Art History was established after Eglinski’s retirement in 2001. Cateforis said it serves as a lasting and fitting tribute to Eglinski’s belief in the importance of traveling to see and learn firsthand from works of art and architecture.

“The art history department is grateful to Ed’s family for requesting that memorial contributions be made to the KU Endowment fund that supports the Eglinski prize,” Cateforis said.

A memorial service took place this morning in Lawrence.