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RAYMOND WILLIAM LAVIN(1935 - 2013)

LAVIN, Raymond William 78, of Wellesley, MA, died Friday, December 27th after long illness and complications from Parkinson's. Ray was born September 29, 1935 in St. Louis, MO to the late Raymond Charles Lavin and Bernice Olin Winkler (Lavin). A life long artist and award winning teacher, Ray held a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Ray began his 39 year teaching career at RISD, followed by Artist in Residence and Art Department Chair for Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill (MA). He gained tenure and spent 35 years at F.A. Day Junior High in Newton (MA), occasionally teaching, working, and lecturing at Boston University, Brandeis, and Harvard. His innovative classes and outlandish humor inspired and challenged his students to develop their artistic abilities in unconventional ways. Together they won numerous Boston Globe and national art awards. Ray's achievements also included recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts and a rare fully funded sabbatical in Europe to attend the Paul Klee Institute. Ray's personal work drawing, painting, and sculpting, was central to his life. Even as he struggled with Parkinson's, Ray continued creating new pieces and editing older ones. His collection reflects a lifetime of thought and discovery. Ray is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nina Barnwell King Lavin; two children: Meggett B. Lavin (Malcolm M. Crosland), Charles- ston, SC, Hugh King Lavin (Elisabeth Lavin-Peter), Singapore; two grandchildren: Elliott M. Crosland, Aurora Lavin- Peter; half brother: Thomas Lavin (Audrey), Evans, GA; and many nieces and nephews in Pasadena, Philadelphia, and Germany. A memorial celebration of Ray's life and art will be held in Wellesley, MA at a later date. The family would like to thank Visiting Angels and Parmenter Parlin Hospice Residence for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, please make a gift of art supplies to a child you know or honor Ray with a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation: michaeljfox.org. Arrangements by George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482. For directions and guestbook, gfdoherty.com. George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781.235.4100
Published in The Boston Globe from Jan. 1 to Jan. 5, 2014
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