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Breckenridge, Jack
87, of Tempe, AZ passed away on March 23, 2014. Professor Emeritus Jack Duncan Breckenridge, surrounded by loving family, peacefully passed away. Jack was born in Chicago, Illinois but spent his childhood in Saugatuck, Michigan where he could be found rowing the ferry and working at the Big Pavilion. He would graduate from Saugatuck High before entering the service. After military service in Japan, he completed his schooling getting an MFA from Iowa State University while earning a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He began his 40 year teaching career at Florida State University as a professor of art history and painting followed by a long and rewarding experience at Arizona State University. During that period he never tired of the rivalry between the University of Arizona and Arizona State University athletics while promoting cooperation between the colleges. Jack found that he was always energized by teaching a new group of students and forever learning new things to be used in his classes while exploring new techniques and ideas in his own art work. He loved to talk art with his colleagues and learn what made their style unique. He spent many of his vacations in galleries, museums and churches getting ready for a new semester of teaching. Throughout his life he was a great loving father who enjoyed sharing his experiences and knowledge. His family was his pride and joy. Jack Breckenridge is survived by his wife Florence, brother Bruce, sons Nils and Klindt, daughter Emily, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. A private gathering of family was held to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Jack Breckenridge Art History Scholarship at: ASU Foundation, P O Box 2260, Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260. Checks should be made out to the ASU Foundation with a note that the funds are going to the Jack Breckenridge Endowment Account 40001798.

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 28, 2014
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