A Tribute to Luther Y. Gore
"A Tribute to Luther Y. Gore” has been created to recognize our dear friend, colleague
and ASAA Executive Secretary Luther Gore.
A PDF version is available for download Click Here.
A Message from John Clark, ASAA
The ASAA “Tribute to Luther Y. Gore” book has been printed.
Five copies were printed. Three copies were sent to Joan Gore for her family; one copy to the
ASAA Archives at Wright State University; and one copy will be on display at the next and all future forums,
so that those who did not know Luther will be able to see and read of his contributions to ASAA.
A tremendous effort went into this publication, and I would like to personally thank all those who devoted
their time and effort to make it a success.
Joe Smith stepped forward with the initial offer to work on and print the book. He bounced his ideas off Norm Siegel for comment. When it became apparent that it would be difficult for Joe to print the book through his connection at MOMA, I asked Don Malko if he could publish excerpts in a future issue of Aero Brush. Don agreed, then took Joe’s initial ideas, added to them, and arranged the lay-out in a format consistent with the look of Aero Brush. Don used his editor’s skills which enhanced the final look of the book.
Hank Caruso did the critical job of editing. Without Hank’s skill in this area, we would not have succeeded. His eye for editing detail saved us from embarrassment on many occasions. Thank you Hank.
Thanks to Keith, Gil, Ardell, Joe, Don, Michael, and Bill for their contributions and testimonials. I am sure Luther would have appreciated the tribute these members paid to his memory.
Thanks also to Patsy Whyte for her moving poem in memory of Luther. -John
Save the dates: April 28th through May 4th
for the 2014 ASAA Forum The Exhibition will be at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, running for a three month period beginning April 28th. The forum will be the week of April 28-May 4th. We will be staying at the Crown Plaza Hotel in San Diego.
What’s planned for 2014?
While the agenda has not yet been set in stone, there are a few highlights I can share.
There will be a drawing and painting day at the San Diego Air and Space Museum—for sure!
We will also spend a day at Bill Allen’s hangar and museum (Allen Airways Flying Museum) for some open air painting, workshops, and a possible evening gathering (Did someone say music?). Balboa Park has a wonderful art museum which we may be able to take advantage of for some critiquing. We are looking into some top-notch ASAA members to present for us including Cher Pruys. Lastly, (so far), the week of the forum coincides with the Chino Planes of Fame air show, scheduled for May 4th and 5th.
The Friday before the air show is their “fly-in day”, and I’m working on getting permission to visit for the day so we can watch (and paint) as they come in…it’s all in the works!
Call for Entries: Since the exhibition is a lot earlier this year, the call for entries will be too.
Please look for info on this in September and START PAINTING NOW!!
Hotel: We will be staying at the Crown Plaza San Diego Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego CA, 92108. Phone number: 619-297-1101. The discounted rate is $109 a night plus tax. (Discounted parking fee of $3.00 a day) The hotel will provide full American breakfast buffet, complimentary hospitality suite similar to what we had in Baltimore, complimentary room for unjuried art show, complimentary internet in guest rooms and meeting space.
Reservations: There is a three week cut-off for the discounted rate, so you must make your reservations by April 6th 2014.
I will give you plenty of notice again about this. Just mark your calendars for now!
You can call the hotel directly at 619-297-1101 to make reservations under the name ASAA.
September 23, 2013
Dear ASAA members & friends
Please read the sad news from Charles Kadin's daughter Marlene:
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of my father this past Monday evening, September 23rd. He slipped away peacefully, with his wife, children, son-in-law, and grandchildren by his side. He took care of us until the end - he waited and he knew when we were ready. His love for us is what keeps us going.
My mother Tanny, Cheryl, and I would like express deep gratitude for the support and love that my parents' friends and family, and our friends have given us in the last two weeks.
You will also be able to post a message if you wish.
Paul W. Eckley, Jr
August 18, 1918 - July 18, 2013
Dear ASAA members & friends,
With a heavy heart I bring you the sad news of the passing of one of our beloved members, Paul Eckley. His daughter, Robin, wishes the ASAA to share their fond memories of him on the website below. Here are her words:
Dad safely landed on the streets of gold yesterday to walk in eternity with the two loves of his life: his wife Helen and the Lord Jesus Christ. The memorial service will be held Monday, July 22 at 9:30 AM, at the church that began in his living room 32 years ago, Countryside Christian Center on McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater, Florida.
Paul had three careers. For 24 years he was a pilot for the military, for 13 years he was an office manager for private industry, and for 34 years he was a Kingdom builder for the Lord. He used his talents as an artist to bless people in each of those careers. He was well beloved by everyone he met. His paintings may be viewed at www.eckleyaviationart.com.
Paul's crowning achievements occurred during his retirement years. He received Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord at the age of 57 and committed the rest of his life to serving Him and spreading the Gospel. His constant prayer was that everyone he met would come to experience the joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as their Messiah, Savior and Lord as well. It's not too late; today is the day. "God again set a certain day, calling it Today… Today if you hear His voice do not harden your hearts." (Hebrews 4:7)
Paul is survived by his three children and their spouses, six grandchildren and their spouses, and nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to one of the two charities below that were important to Paul. Thank you for your kindness and support of these charities in memory of Paul.
2103 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit
in person at the
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport,
International Terminal, Pier E, public access.
June 23 September 22, 2013.
To view the 2013 International Aerospace Art Exhibition Click Here
To view the 2013 International Aerospace Art Exhibition Awards Click Here
Luther Y. Gore
Dear ASAA members & friends,
It is with heavy heart that I announce the passing this past Saturday of our good friend, Luther Y. Gore.
For those of us fortunate enough to have met and spent time with Luther, no other words are necessary.
More recent additions to the ASAA family deserve a few words to explain the esteem he is held in. Luther was the organiser
of an airplane camp where he gathered people interested in aviation and art, planting a seed that would grow into the ASAA.
He served as the Society's first Executive Secretary and was the initial contact many of us had with the ASAA.
He was a man of intelligence, great wit and surprising patience. An important asset when one is herding cats,
as well as having a Yeoman's whistle and not being afraid to use it.
His passion and dedication to aviation art and the ASAA are recognised in the Luther Y. Gore Service Award.
It is given to people who have unselfishly supported and assisted the ASAA, as in his example.
The ASAA owes so many things, in so many ways to Luther.
Our best wishes for comfort and consolation go out to his family in their time of sorrow.
Luther Yates Gore 1932-2013
Luther Yates Gore died peacefully in his home in Charlottesville on May 25, 2013.
He was surrounded by his loving family, beloved dogs, and his art, carvings, books and poetry.
He was born on February 12, 1932 to Thomas Jackson and Carolena Yates Gore in Alexandria, Virginia. Luther grew up among the Old Town homes his great-grandfather had built and the stories of his family's Virginia history. He got a BA at Randolph Macon College and was one of the very few men in the U.S. who studied abroad at the time, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He served as a radio and electronics specialist on the Navy's U.S.S. Norfolk during the Korean War. He received his MA and PhD in English at the University of Virginia and subsequently joined the faculty there. During this time, Luther and his wife started their family. Luther was pre-deceased by his first wife, Rea, and is survived by his second wife of forty years, Joan Elias Gore.
Luther's friends and family called him a Renaissance Man- a man of many interests, talents, and activities. He loved writing and reading poetry and short stories; he painted – noted for his aviation art, he also loved to paint Virginia scenes and animals; he created beautiful wood carvings, especially of birds, and a magnificent Crèche; he was a musician, playing everything from ragtime on the piano with his brother, Jack, to teaching himself the classical guitar and learning to play bagpipes, much to the surprise of neighbors who heard him as he practiced. He built furniture and joyously taught his son the basics of carpentry; he built and flew model airplanes; shot clay pigeons; rode motorcycles; enjoyed the outside and camping; read novels voraciously; explored theological concepts his entire life; went fly fishing with family; and traveled the world, with the Navy, with Joan, and on his own, hiking the entire Thames Path of England. Luther was proud of both his Scottish and his Native American (Pamunkey) background.
Luther loved the University of Virginia and teaching undergraduate students. He joined the Humanities Division of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the early 1960s, where he helped to pioneer the study of technology and culture and their interrelationships. He taught a wide variety of courses, including UVa's first photography class and, with his close friend, George Matthews, the first course in aviation history and the impact of aviation on American culture. He wrote a senior thesis manual which continues to be used and adapted as technology changes. Many of his students have remained in contact with him throughout his life. He was proud that many family members attended or attend the University. Luther served as Chair of the Humanities Division during his career, and was awarded the Mac Wade Award for outstanding service to the UVa School of Engineering and Applied Science. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1992. Additionally, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Randolph Macon College and the Raven Society at UVa.
Luther researched and published in the fields he taught, most especially in military and aviation history and culture. A singular accomplishment was to organize, in 1983, the first meeting of America's leading aviation artists, an event which led the artists to form the American Society of Aviation Artists, an organization for which Luther served as Executive Secretary until recent years. He organized national meetings in conjunction with many U.S. aviation history museums and a joint meeting, in London, with the British Guild of Aviation Artists. The June, 2013 issue of Aero Brush Magazine, the U.S. aviation art journal, is featuring Luther's painting, Hommage à Farre (the world's first aviation artist) on its cover as a tribute to Luther's contribution to the field.
Luther contributed to everything he did, never standing aside. From UVa organizations to the Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club in the past and, in recent years, to the Senior Center, the Watercolor Guild, Art UpStairs, the Charlottesville/Albemarle Aviation Lunch Club, which helped to create, and many other local organizations, he held office, made coffee, mentored new members, hung pictures, wrote newsletters, and helped wherever he could. He loved his friends in each one of these areas and they have all given him love and support in the time of his illness and before.
Of all Luther's passions and loves, the constant was his love of his family. He was so proud of each of his children and grandchildren, showing pictures of them and telling stories about them to his friends as they visited him these last few months.
In addition to his wife, Joan Elias Gore, he is also survived by his children, Alice Gore and her husband, Wick Hunt and their children, Ben and Hannah; Mary Kardos, her husband, Charlie, and their children, Errin Rea Searcy and her husband Bryan, and David Kardos and his wife, Lisa, and great-grandchildren, Charlie and Abby Searcy; Caroline Gore, whose adventure and courage through her life inspired him; Fred Gore and his wife, Ninon, and their boys, Austin and Fletcher; and Hattie Gore, and her husband, Robert Shapiro. He is also survived by his sister, Miriam Parsons and her husband Ron; his nieces, Mary Kate Long and her husband Michael and family, and Angie Clement and her husband Will and family; his sister-in-law, Marie Elise Gore; his nephews Tom Gore and his wife Pam and family, and Richard Gore and family. He is survived by Joan's extended family Al Elias, and his wife, Barbara and son, Gabe, who became his family as well. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, Jack, about whom he would often reminisce.
A Memorial Service will be held at
University Baptist Church at 1223 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, Va. at 2pm on June 9, 2013.
A reception will immediately follow at The Colonnade Club on the Lawn at UVa.
Hill and Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Luther's honor to
October 6, 2012 Keith Ferris 2012 Enshrinee
National Aviation Hall of Fame
Our founder, Keith Ferris, has been nominated into the National Aviation Hall of Fame this year. It is a tremendous honor for him and his family, as well as the ASAA.
Keith Ferris, known world-wide as the “Dean of American Aviation Art,”
has had a 50 year career in aviation art. Active in the Air Force Art Program over 40 years, with 53 major paintings in the collection, he has traveled worldwide with the Air Force and flown in and documented the missions of most jet aircraft types in the inventory. He is a founding member and past president of the American Society of Aviation Artists. He’s best known for two 75 foot murals at the National Air and Space Museum “Fortresses Under Fire” and “The Evolution of Jet Aviation.”
Original Ferris paintings are owned and exhibited in galleries and museums world wide.
Keith is an Honorary Daedalian, Honorary member of the USAF Thunderbirds, 1992 inductee into the
Aviation Hall of Fame of NJ, and Honorary Doctorate from Daniel Webster College in 1995. His painting “Real Trouble”
was selected as Best of show at the ASAA Annual Exhibition in 1995, “First Trap” in 1996, “Rolling Thunder” in 1999 and “Nowhere To Hide” in 2000.
He is also an expert and inventor of aircraft paint systems for military camouflage and high visibility purposes.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame was founded in 1962 in Dayton Ohio. In 1964, the NAHF became the only aviation organization to be chartered by an act of Congress. One of the NAHF’s main objectives is to honor and recognize United States citizens and residents who have significantly contributed to advancements
in air and space flight.
More info on The
National Aviation Hall of Fame Click Here
International Aerospace Art Exhibition
Look for additional information as it develops about the
ASAA 2013 Forum and Exhibitions on the ASAA website and in emails
Occasionally we get requests to identify or locate a particular artist or artwork. Our resources are limited, so to reach a wider audience, we will honor requests to post those inquiries here for wider dissemination. If you can help, please respond directly to the person making the request.
Peggy and I share the sorrow of so many for the loss of gentleman, national treasure and ASAA Founder, Bob McCall. Bob has been a sixty-year pillar of our profession as he proved a heroic example, especially for those of us who have been privileged to follow his success since the 1950s. It has been an honor to work with him in the Society of Illustrators Air Force Art Program and as fellow ASAA Founder. A friend for fifty years, Bob will be sorely missed. The wonderful fact is that Bob’s legacy will live on in his art as it allows him to continue to share his dreams and optimism with future generations. That legacy will go unmatched.
Our hearts go out to his wife/teammate of 64 years, Louise, his daughters Linda and Catherine and four grandchildren.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of ASAA Founder Robert McCall. Bob died of a heart attack Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday in December. For over sixty years as a professional artist, the public knew him as a tremendous artistic talent and visionary illustrator of mankind’s journey through history and the cosmos. His unrestrained optimism was an underlying thread that he wove throughout his paintings. Those of us who knew him personally also knew him as a warm and generous colleague, teacher and friend.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Louise, and to his family. We know that his optimistic vision of our future as reflected in his many works of art will continue to inspire generations of artists, aviators and explorers to come. We wish him clear skies and bright stars.
Robert McCall - Famed space artist Robert McCall, 90, dies
Once described by author Isaac Asimov as the "nearest thing to an artist in residence from outer space," McCall's paintings first attracted the public's attention... http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-022810a.html
Miles O'Brien on Bob McCall - The late, great Robert McCall...
Feb. 28 2010 (Ed. Note: I just heard the news that we lost the great Robert McCall. My heart goes out to his widow Louise and the rest of his family. His vision of the future will live on forever. I wrote the following piece about the McCalls in August of 1999. I had gone to visit them as part of my coverage of the 30th anniversary of the first moon landing. It was one of the better assignments I can recall…) ... http://trueslant.com/milesobrien/2010/02/28/the-late-great-robert-mccall/
NASA TV’s This Week@ NASA, December 18, 2009
The fourth story in this video news report is:
BOB McCALL TURNS 90 – DFRC
Celebrated painter and long- time contributor to the Nation’s aerospace fine arts programs, Dr. Robert McCall turns 90 this week. McCall has spent much of his career documenting and artistically translating America’s space program for the public. ... http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/twan_12_18_09.html