"Alexander the Great: by the time he reached my age, he had been dead for forty years." -- Todd Walker
Todd Walker died at dawn on Sunday, September thirteenth, 1998. He would have been eighty-one on September twenty-fifth.
Todd was an internationally known artist whose nontraditional, photography-based work continues to be an inspiration for generations of artists.
He was preceded in death by Betty Mae McNutt, his former wife of 44 years, and is survived by his daughters Melanie and Kathleen Walker; his grandchildren Melani Moreno and her husband Luis; Todd Sobrado and his wife Andrea; his great-grandson Hunter Moreno; his nephews Scott Grieger and his wife Alexis Smith and Brian Grieger and his wife Natalie.
Todd led an amazing life.
After moving from Utah to California as a child, he began the first stage of his professional career at R.K.O. Studios as a set designer.
During W.W. II, he flew missions over Picacho Peak while serving in the Air Corps.
He returned to California after the war where he began to freelance as an advertising photographer while simultaneously pursuing his personal artwork.
At 50, he retired to start his teaching career, which began at the Art Center and U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles. He later was a faculty member at the University of Florida, then returned to Arizona as a professor of art at the University of Arizona.
After retiring, again, in 1986, the real work began as he concentrated on his computer-based explorations.
In his spare time, Todd was a ham radio operator, amateur astronomer, homebuilder, book artist, baker, painter, gardener, computer programmer, pressman and dart aficianado.
His intelligence, wit and compassion are unequaled and he will be missed as a father, mentor and a friend by a whole lot of folks.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Todd's family invites you to celebrate his life in your own unique fashion.
(Harold) Todd Walker's obituary was published (along with a self portrait in which he merged elements of an image of himself with one of a bust of Alexander the Great) in The Tucson Citizen, 17 September 1998.
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