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Herbert Lawrence Camburn


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Herbert Lawrence Camburn Obituary
February 4, 1931 - April 21, 2017 Herbert L. Camburn, retired Head of Design at CSU, Long Beach, Theatre Arts Dept., passed away after a brief illness, at his home in Long Beach, CA. Herb was born February 4, 1931 in Morenci, MI, to Elmer and Frances LaVera (Sharr) Camburn. Following his 1948 high school graduation Herb spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was first associated with the Air Force Art Dept. and was later transferred to the Air Force Motion Picture Dept. There he received extensive training in cinematographic design at UCLA. After his 1952 discharge Herb attended Michigan State U. where he received his B.A. in Art. He remained at Michigan State U. and in 1956 received his M.A. in Theatre Design. Herb's expertise included a vast array of theatrical design and construction skills, but he was also a talented artist, actor and director. Herb could have chosen a professional path but his passion was teaching. Herb was a cornerstone for the CSULB Theatre Arts Dept. for over 30 years. His tough love teaching style not only gave students the tools to earn a living in various fields of entertainment but instilled in them the same fierce work ethic and quality, for which he was widely known. In his spare time Herb designed for The Missouri Rep., Disneyland Parades and various other theatres in the U.S. and London. After his retirement from CSULB Herb continued to design, sometimes working for his former students. Herb could often be found at the annual U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology conventions both as a guest lecturer and in a booth selling "Mother Camburn's Paper Props." Herb will be greatly missed. Herb was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Frank and William Camburn, sister, Margaret Ladermann and his beloved partner of 32 years George "Michael" Gaughenbaugh. Herb is survived by nephews, Randall Ladermann of Bluffton, S.C., Dan Ladermann of Ft. Bragg, CA, the Gaughenbaugh family of Republican, NE, former colleagues and a multitude of former students who continue his legacy. We would like to thank caregivers Ordena Timms and Nikko Talaga for their dedication, compassion and friendship to Herb while on his final journey. A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at noon, Sat., July 8, 2017 at Ports O'Call Restaurant, San Pedro, CA. Please RSVP no later than June 20 to [email protected] or 562-596-6859.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 2 to June 4, 2017
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