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Memorial celebration today for design professor Alan Hashimoto

March 19th, 2013 Posted in Opinion

By Katie Swain

LOGAN—A memorial celebration of the life and work of former Utah State University graphic design associate professor Alan Hashimoto will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the USU Performance Hall.

Alan HashimotoHashimoto, who taught at USU for 25 years, died in his office on Feb. 11 from an aortic tear. He was found by a colleague who went looking for him after he was late to a meeting. He was rushed to Logan Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Wednesday’s service will be a celebration in Hashimoto’s honor and an opportunity for students, friends and co-workers to express their appreciation for a beloved professor and colleague.

“Simply put, Alan Hashimoto was a force of nature,” said Art and Design Department head Laura Gelfand after learning about Hashimoto’s death. “His energy was boundless as was his creativity. He touched so many lives in such positive ways, he will be terribly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.”

The memorial will feature remarks by Brett Shelton, Hashimoto’s friend and colleague, and former student Anthony Romrell, said Kara Rindlisbacher, the marketing and public relations coordinator for the Caine College of the Arts. The remembrance also will feature USU faculty musical group Way Way East Bay and a video tribute, Rindlisbacher said, followed by a reception in the Performance Hall lobby.

Hashimoto was very involved in art and design at USU and in the community. He instructed typography, interactive media and design courses, and led an art study abroad program in Austria. His research with colleagues created online, interactive games, and he was an art director and consultant in digital applications an assortment of outlets.

Hashimoto is remembered in a Facebook page “In memory of Alan Hashimoto” as an outlet for students and friends to share stories and tributes.


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