In Remembrance: Frederick S. Osborne Jr. ’65MFA Died on October 28 2020

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Frederick Spring Osborne Jr. died on October 28, 2020. He was born on September 10, 1940, in Princeton, New Jersey, to Katherine Mitchell and Frederick Spring Osborne. He graduated with a BFA from Temple University and an MFA from Yale University. 

Fred began his career as director of undergraduate sculpture and assistant professor in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania; he became a faculty member in the Graduate Program of Arts Education and director of continuing education at Philadelphia College of Art; then dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; and finally president emeritus of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. For three years in Philadelphia, before moving to Connecticut, he also presented a seminar course on the John Dewey–inspired Albert C. Barnes program in art appreciation at the Barnes Foundation. He was also cofounder of the Vermont Studio Center and director for the first five years. He and his wife Judith created much of their personal artwork at VSC over many years. He was on the board until his passing, where words like gentle, wise, and patient were a unanimous description of him.

Fred is survived by his wife, Judith Barbour Osborne of Chester, Connecticut; daughters Sophie Simpson of Philadelphia and Jessica Mungekar of Sewell, New Jersey; sister Lydia Osborne of Pennington, New Jersey; and respective families. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas Spring Osborne, who left a wife and two children.

—Submitted by the family.

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