Rosemary Furtak

Minneapolis, Minnesota


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Rosemary Furtak passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The obituary was featured in Star Tribune on July 10, 2012.

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Rosemary was a visionary in the field, an early proponent and developer of the artist's book as an important medium, the inventor of a new kind of conceptualist library, and a true friend.

A dear, sweet, lovely, kind, funny, intelligent lady! The Walker will miss her, Orchestra Hall will miss her. I miss you Rosemary.

A very special & wonderful lady we are honored to have known.

A friend and presence in my life I will never forget. Truly a beautiful person, a light. Our last conversation was about the movie Casablanca. She is missed by all who knew her.

God bless Rosemary. We were neighbors and attended church together years ago. She was a special person. My sympathy to the family.

Rosemary was a dear friend and crucial collaborator to me and so many other curators who passed through the Walker Art Center. Irreverent and irreplaceable; a great wit and gentle soul.

As lovely a human being as ever walked this earth. I spent a lot more time in the library than just researching and laughed and learned as much from Rosemary as from the books and catalogues she so lovingly tended to.

Rosemary had a great sense of style and humor and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

"Earth, receive an honored guest...."

Bill Horrigan