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GRIEDER, Terence Terence Grieder 86, died peacefully on the morning of February 21st, 2018, surrounded by those he loved most and, unfettered from the constraints of his failing body, he moved toward the Blue Light. He lives on in the hearts and stories of his wife of 45 years, Dagmar Janiel Grieder; his son, Matthew Grieder and wife Keiko Asao; his daughter, Miranda Grieder, husband David Cochran, and grandson Liam Cochran; his stepdaughter, Sharon Wilson, and stepson, Steve Wilson; his brother, Timothy Grieder and wife Virginia, their sons Tony and Kit, and their spouses; and his brother-in-law, Michael Janiel. He will also be fondly remembered by his many friends, colleagues, and students as a man with ideas in such varied disciplines as Ecology before Columbus and modern City Planning. He was a good and gentle man. Terry was born in Cedar Rapids, IA, to Calvin and Florence Grieder, but considered himself re-born at the age of 8 in Boulder, Co, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains he so loved. At an early age he started drawing and painting, often focusing on indigenous peoples, and he was fascinated by stories of early cultures. Earl Morris, a family friend, who was an archaeologist, became his role model for a full and rich life of scholarship and adventure. At the time of his death Terence Grieder was Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado in 1953. In 1956 he earned an M.S. in Applied Art (Painting) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 1961 received his Ph.D. in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on "The Development of Representational Painting on Maya Pottery." He joined the faculty at UT in 1961 where he taught until 2000, retiring as David Bruton Jr. Centennial Professor of Art History. Terry was an internationally renowned scholar of Pre-Columbian and Latin American art. He oversaw key excavations in the Andes and published his findings in a series of definitive books that reshaped the history of Latin American art and archaeology: Art and Archaeology of Pashash (1978), The Origins of Pre-Columbian Art (1982), La Galgada, Peru: A Pre-Ceramic Culture in Transition (Editor, 1988), and Art and Archaeology of Challuabamba, Ecuador (Editor, 2010). His scholarly papers were published in English, German, and Spanish language journals, and he also wrote a well-received introductory text, Artist and Audience (1990). Terry was a much-beloved teacher, whose gentle demeanor in graduate seminars enabled his students to join him in arriving at unique conclusions about the invention and diffusion of art and culture in the ancient world. A memorial service is planned for June 2, 2018, 2 p.m. at Wildflower Church in Austin, 1314 E. Oltorf St. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to or the .
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 4, 2018
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