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Donald Lawrence Dodrill


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Donald Lawrence Dodrill Obituary
Dodrill Donald Lawrence Dodrill, 94, artist extraordinaire, educator, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Arlington Court, Upper Arlington, OH. Donald was born on August 28, 1922 to the late Lawrence John and Thelma Lawrence Dodrill in Delaware County. He graduated from Prospect High School in 1940, attended Marion Business School where he met his future wife, Winifred Barnhisel. Don received his first commercial art experience at Shenk Advertising in Marion. Don was drafted into the U.S. Army in late August 1942. He deployed for 33 months to the Panama Canal Zone where he painted his first watercolor. He received an honorable discharge and in 1946 attended Ohio State University. On June 6, 1946 he married Win who was also an OSU student in the School of Business (MBA). Don graduated from OSU with a BA in Fine Arts in 1949, and launched a career in commercial art and advertising. From 1954-1999, Don and Win were business partners in the commercial art and advertising studio, Dodrill Design. In 1974 Don received his MFA degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He also taught graphic design part time at Capital University and was the Director of Windon Art Gallery which Win managed. Don was a charter member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and a lifetime member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society as well as a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. Don painted well over 1,000 watercolor paintings including commissions during his long career. Several of his watercolors have appeared on the cover of magazines with national circulation. His work appears in private collections all over the U.S and abroad. His paintings have been exhibited in national and regional exhibitions and have won numerous awards. Don's watercolor subject matter was diverse and he was a master at capturing subtleties of light, shadow, and reflections in the detail and texture of his color coordinated works. In 1989 he and Win put their talents together and the art book The Transparent Touch was published that featured 150 of Don's watercolor illustrations and their interpretation. Don enjoyed teaching the techniques of watercolor and thoroughly enjoyed the students he taught during the many years he conducted painting and drawing classes in the Upper Arlington Lifetime Learning and Leisure Adult Education Program. Don worked diligently to promote cultural arts in his community. He served on the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission and in 1996 was elected Arlington's First Honored Community Artist. Don was co-founder of the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival which has recently celebrated its 50th year. Don's love and appreciation of the arts lives on through his family and the students he inspired as well as others who will continue to enjoy the legacy of his watercolor creations. Don will be greatly missed by his children, Jon (Ellen) Dodrill, Davan (Rhonda) Dodrill, Dena (Tom) Gianas; his nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and his sister, Norma Jean Hetzner. In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his wife Winifred, granddaughter Fara Danielle Gianas, and brother Robert Dodrill. Family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017, at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Kingwood Memorial Park. To share memories and condolences, please visit www.shoedinger.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 31, 2017
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