Norman Richard "Rick" Pope, 70, died suddenly on March 19, 2012 in Washington while traveling with his wife Kimberly.
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Rick was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, on August 7, 1941. Before becoming a Professor of Art at Montana State University, Rick worked as a photographer for the Shawnee Star and served in the U.S. Army as a photographer in Germany. He had been a uranium miner, a telephone repairman and a draftsman. Rick finished his undergraduate degree at Cal Poly Pomona, Calif., and earned his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied under Don Reitz who remained his close friend. Rick retired from Montana State University in 2008 after 33 years of teaching. He was a committed and passionate educator and mentor. As well as a professor, Rick was a dedicated artist with hundreds of exhibitions, publications, and collections both nationally and internationally.
Rick loved hunting and fishing with his son and friends. He was a voracious reader, a great dancer and an excellent chef.
He is survived by his wife Kimberly Navratil-Pope, son Derik (Sarah) Pope, grandchildren Lanie and Lily, step-daughter Maryeleni Alexandra Mountzouri, younger brother Mickey David Pope, uncle Luther "Skeeter" Wilcoxson, and numerous extended family from Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his mother Myrtle Riggs Wilcoxson- Pope, and father George Gerald Pope.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Montana State University School of Art in care of Rick Pope Memorial Ceramic Visiting Artist Fund, P.O Box 173680, Bozeman, Montana, 59717.
A celebration will be held at a later date.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 8, 2012