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RU Mourns the Death of Assistant Art Professor Edward LeShock

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is saddened to announce the death of Assistant Professor of Art, Edward LeShock, who passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Carillion New River Valley Hospital in Radford, Va.

Joining the RU art department faculty in 1977, he was a well-respected artist and illustrator. His work has been published in various television and print advertisements, including Newsweek and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Joe Scartelli, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts noted that Ed has been a fixture in art at Radford University and in our community for decades and was well known and respected for his drawing and painting works as well as his primary area of expertise, graphic design. “There are countless numbers of students who have benefitted from his expertise over many, many years.”

Dr. Roann Barris, Chair of the Department of Arts states that “Ed was a calming and rational presence, whose voice, much like his art, could draw students and colleagues into a realm of creative and compassionate thought. I know he will be missed by faculty and students alike.”

Faculty, staff, students and visitors may be familiar with Professor Le Shock’s drawings, which are on view at RU’s McConnell Library. LeShock had both a Bachelors of Art and a Bachelors of Science from Pennsylvania State University. His Masters of Education was from the Tyler School of Art.

A memorial service is currently being planned with details to be released shortly.


Memorial Service

The art department is hosting a memorial service in Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Ed LeShock’s honor on Friday, September 6 at noon in the Porterfield Hall lobby on the art side of the building. On Saturday, a funeral service will take place at St. Jude’s church, off the left side of Tyler Ave., going toward I-81, at 11 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend any of the memorials.

Sep 2, 2013

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