The world lost a beautiful man today. Professor George Baumiller was one of our beloved architecture professors at Oklahoma State University. He passed away at 97 in Greenport, Long Island, New York. We would visit him at his home in Greenport and enjoy his memories and his life. He was not only a wonderful crit, but also the sweetest person I have ever met with a love of life and all things. He was from Poland and was a superb athlete in his youth, a primary architect in the reconstruction of Warsaw after World War II, writer, professor and very talented artist. Notably he was a prisoner of war in the polish resistance in solitary confinement for over 2 years in a very small cell. He kept his sanity by sketching images and people in his mind and also sketching on the concrete with dripping water. A true role model and wonderful person. A beautiful single rose with Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
I too am very sad to see George go. He was a great inspiration. I remember him well from Basic Design class and my first teaching assistant assignment was with him as the instructor, and it was that experience where I learned the correct way to sketch. Even though I had lost contact with him for most of then years since graduating, he did send me a wonderful hand-sketched card when I sent him a birthday card last year. It has been framed and is proudly displayed in my home.
Heaven will now be truly blessed with such a kind and gentle man and I’m sure his creative talents will be fully used there.
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