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Lambert, Robert J.

Robert J. Lambert Jr. of Ithaca, NY, died peacefully at Kendal at Ithaca on August 8, 2014, a few weeks shy of his 87th birthday. Jack, as he was known, was born on August 25, 1927, in Tremont, IN, son of the late Robert J. Sr. and Dorothy Lambert. He attended Stivers High School (Class of '45) served briefly in the army ('45-'46) and on the GI bill, came to Cornell (BS, College of Agriculture, Class of '50.) Here he studied ornithology under Arthur Allen and anthropology under Allan Holmberg. He also studied drawing with Elizabeth Burckmyer and fine arts with Norman Daly. He did his masters at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor ('51) and over the next summers did anthropological field work in Peru, Fiji, Jamaica and Cuba. Shortly after completing his masters, he received a letter from Prof. Burckmyer, offering him an instructorship in drawing at Cornell. He accepted the offer and would spend the next 45+ years teaching drawing and watercolor painting in the Freehand Drawing program in the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture in the College of Agriculture. In 1955 he met his dear wife Nina who was at Cornell getting her masters in Child Development. They were married in 1956. Jack spent the years from 1959-61 on leave from Cornell and in residence in San Francisco, where Nina did her postdoctoral work (Langley Porter, UCSF) and Jack studied sumi painting with Chiura Obata at the California School of Fine Arts. Returning to Ithaca in 1961, he enjoyed life, teaching, painting and gardening with Nina, creating a beautiful and much-toured rock garden at their home. After retirement, he continued teaching as emeritus, and then informally with a select group, continuing to sketch every day. His wife Nina passed away in 2010, but he is survived by his daughter Sarah L. Lambert and son-in law Michael J. Ward, of Port Jervis, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory may be made to Kendal at Ithaca. A memorial page is being set up at jack.lambert.muchloved.com


Published in Ithaca Journal on Aug. 15, 2014
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