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Stephen Faulkner Lacey

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Lacey, Stephen Faulkner Left his material form on September 18, 2008, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the age of 62. He is mourned by his cherished wife of 40 years, Kathleen, and his treasured daughter, Ninon, of Great Falls, MT. He is also survived by sisters Elizabeth (Guy) Harris of Mountain View, AR, Ninon (William) Starke of Brookhaven, NY, and Kathleen (Thomas) Scheibel of Brookhaven, NY. He was preceded in death by his father, Faulkner Lacey, and his mother, Helen (Pooler) Lacey. Further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, devoted friends, colleagues and associates, clients, and students. Stephen was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 22, 1945 and grew up in Brookhaven, NY. He conquered polio as a child and later ran track in high school. As a child and adolescent he designed boats and became skillful in a variety of sail and ice boats on the Great South Bay, and enjoyed adventures on the water and on land. He was devoted to nature, conservation, peace, and the appreciation of life and beauty in all its forms. Through visiting his father at Brookhaven National Laboratory he was further fascinated by science. Through hurricanes he was enthralled with weather. Through tending his grandfather's land and forests in New Hampshire he became a lover of wood. Through making house calls with this same grandfather, a doctor, he thought of studying medicine and could sew up an injured animal with ease. He graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1963; from Rockford college in 1967. There he earned his B.A. in Art and Education. Printmaking, as a specialty, led him to the Fishy Whale Press where he did lithography and paper making. At the same time, he became head of the Art department at the Jackie Robinson Middle School for open education. Thereafter, in 1972, he started his own business as a designer and builder of decks and kitchens and soon moved on to the creation of artifacts and fine furniture at an ever increasing level of sophistication, , and meticulous craftsmanship. He became known especially for his tables with exquisite joinery details. Stephen is completely self-taught in his craft. He established Plane Design in the former Fishy Whale Press, developing his vision before he joined the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1981. He taught courses in Materials and Methods to every student at MIAD for 27 years, earning the respect of students and colleagues. Stephen was passionately devoted to education and the inculcation of knowledge through experience. His spirituality stemmed from his connection with the physical world in such a way that action was also a meditation, allowing a unique encounter with the entire range of experience. A Memorial Service and Reception celebrating his remarkable life will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 1:00-3:00 PM, at Flux Design, 811 E. Vienna Ave., in Milwaukee. It is the first block south of Capitol Drive and four blocks west of Humboldt Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 3-D Lab to promote his mission there.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sept. 24, 2008
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