Eugene D. Larkin

South Bend, Indiana


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June 27, 1921 - Nov. 13, 2010SOUTH BEND - Eugene D. Larkin, 89 years old, of South Bend, IN, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2010, in the Milton Home, South Bend, from complications due to pneumonia. He was born June 27, 1921, in Wayzata, Minnesota, son of the late John P. and Martha...

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I was a student of Eugene Larkin for a year back in the 1980's. My father was an architect of the same era, and admired his work, as did I. I was lucky to have had a lovely stew lunch with him at his Groveland home.I was saddened to see his passing, even though he lived a long life- losing an artist is always hard on the world.

I am glad to have been a student of Professor Larkin at the University of Minnesota. He was then a source of inspiration for visual composition that persists with me today

I am glad to have been a student of Professor Larkin at the University of Minnesota. He was then a source of inspiration for visual composition that persists with me today, thank you. He is greatly missed.

Andy and Alan, this belated message from Portland is to let you know that when I saw your father's photo in the Oregonian I knew I knew him. I believe we talked in a gallery sometime somewhere. Minneapolis, probably.
Reading on I realized an additional "pencil" connection.
One of Andy's powerful drawings has hung on a wall in whatever home I have lived in since the early 80's. And a
woodcut of his is still tucked away for future framing.
The ripples expand....

Another student from the 80's; I learned some quiet lessons from your father. I loved being at the house in Groveland with the plaster statues saved from the MIA and the studio upstairs. I even got to work on a few pieces with him. It was really the first time I felt like an artist or even an adult in college. I was even published in his book. Now older I hope I have honored him by helping others as he did me.

To Alan & Family - I hope you all are coping with this loss as best as you can. I so enjoyed caring for your dad since he came to Milton Home, and we became very close friends. We had so many late night conversations about art, music, life, etc., that I truly know he enriched my life. I am very touched by the devotion of all of you.
Sara Hendricks RN
Milton Home

While I was growing up in Minneapolis, Eugene was a kind neighbor to me and a good friend to my parents. I still treasure the print he gave to my parents on the occasion of my birth. I know that his kindness and warmth has touched many of us. May we all be blessed with many Eugenes in our lives!

I became aquanted with Eugene and Audrey when my father shared a room with Eugene at The Milton Home. I count it an honor to have shared meals, and conversations with them both. Hugs were always a must with Eugene. I had watched Audrey tuck him in over and over, so I knew how to do it just right after she was gone. Thanks for the memories sweet ones!!!

I would like to express my condolences to your family over the loss of Eugene. He was my instructor with the Applied Design program while I was working on my Masters degree. When writing The Little Book of Drawing, I honored his teaching and his impact upon my philosophy of the contour line as the key to success in this medium. He always approached his classes with a calm steady manner letting us find our own paths to success, He will be deeply missed.
Dr. Mary McNaughton