Stephen W. French
1934 - 2014
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Stephen W. French
Sept. 6, 1934 - Feb. 4, 2014
Resident of San José
Noted visual artist, scholar, supporter of the Arts, his abstract works (shown USA, England; collected SF, SJ Museums; U of WI, OK, Pacific; major corps, individuals) reflected the poetry, music, humor of his life.
Emeritus Prof. Art SJSU; Assoc & Acting Dean, School Humanities/Arts; chair SJ Fine Arts Comm; Board Trustees, SJMA.
Born Seattle, lived/taught Seattle, Madison, CA. Survived by wife, Wanda Waldera; children, Sandy (Jon), Ken (Clairdee), Kathy (Judy), Elly (Vince), friends, colleagues, students.
Donations: SJMA, Opera SJ, SJ ICA, SJ arts orgs.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 14, 2014.
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May 31, 2014
Warmest memories of Steve and thoughts of Wanda.
Steve's recent painting on exhibit at Artik demonstrates his mastery of painting.
Andy Goldberg
April 23, 2014
I remember Steve as funny, and kind, and as a great mentor. I will continue to remember him thus. He will be missed. -- Mira Zussman Amiras, Middle East Studies, Humanities Dept (emerita).
February 23, 2014
Dear Wanda,

Steve was always a joy to see at all of the San Jose Art Musumn events. He certainly will be sadly missed.
Mary Ann Barr
February 19, 2014
Dear Wanda, A fitting remembrance of a man we all loved. Thank you so much. I will send along as I've found many who did not know of his passing. Besides all his accomplishments and contributions to our world, he was a dear friend one could always count on.

Kathryn Funk
February 15, 2014
Dear Wanda, I am among the many in the art community who benefitted from Steve's positive influence. A truly generous and civilized man. I am so sorry for your loss.
ken matsumoto
February 14, 2014
I met Stephen in 1991 when I joined the faculty at San José State, in the (then) Department of Music. He was truly a fierce defender of faculty, especially "junior" faculty and a champion of fairness. Always encouraging, he welcomed everyone with his usual broad smile and laughter. When he decided to retire he told me, "I want to go and work on my art. I envy you guys doing all these wonderful things, so it's time to go back and do the same."

What a wonderful advocate and spirited artist we had. I credit Stephen, in large part, for my coming to believe that San José State was a really remarkable place to work, teach and make art. I wish he were still around.... He will be missed, greatly.
Pablo E. Furman
February 14, 2014
Wanda I am so sorry for your loss! My condolences to you and your family!
Diane Macias
February 14, 2014
A wonderful and talented man. You will be missed.
Fran Rushing
February 14, 2014
A lovely man and a good friend. Nils
February 14, 2014
Peaceful rest to you, my friend. Soar with the angels. All my love.
Annette Kaiser
February 11, 2014
Steve French, a gentleman, scholar, artist, art teacher. He always exuded a gentle humor and warmth.
Shirley Gaines
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