Andrew Fagan, 79. sculptor and professor influenced students

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Andrew Fagan, 79, taught at El Camino College for 30 years, and he helped establish the school's sculpture program.
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Apr 2, 2009
 
I'm sad to hear that news. I remember taking a sculpting class with Fagan @ ECC in the early 90's, and he really made sculpting interesting. I loved when he told stories about his trips to Italy. He had a bronze sculpture (I believe) in front of the art building. I hope it's still there to remind people of his legacy.
Sue Carroll Ferree

Culver City, CA

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Apr 2, 2009
 
Oh Andy! I know you can still hear me...so in case I never told you...YOU were THE BEST teacher I ever had...because you always exposed your own gentle, vulnerable soul to your students...through your incredibly warm sense of humor and your never ending life-lesson-stories...and your friendship. I am so grateful that I was destined to meet you straight out of high school,(forty years ago); when I was so hungry to learn everything I could about ART and Sculpture… and about myself. You helped me to "SEE" beyond the obvious...and to take chances in expressing my own creative, intuitive self through bronze, wood, clay, drawing and painting and just living. Thank you, Andy. I will carry in my heart forever the memory of your laughter, your pure joy of life and those incredible kaleidoscopic blue eyes of yours!

Love, warm hugs and best wishes (and memories) to Pam and the family, and to all his old friends.
Smiling Through the Tears,
"Sue"
Pam Rowe Fagan

Yucca Valley, CA

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Apr 16, 2009
 

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Residing in Torrance wrote:
I'm sad to hear that news. I remember taking a sculpting class with Fagan @ ECC in the early 90's, and he really made sculpting interesting. I loved when he told stories about his trips to Italy. He had a bronze sculpture (I believe) in front of the art building. I hope it's still there to remind people of his legacy.
Thank you so much for your kind words. His bronze sculpture in the sculpture garden is still there. I miss his energy and zest for life.
Pam Rowe Fagan

Yucca Valley, CA

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Apr 16, 2009
 
Sue Carroll Ferree wrote:
Oh Andy! I know you can still hear me...so in case I never told you...YOU were THE BEST teacher I ever had...because you always exposed your own gentle, vulnerable soul to your students...through your incredibly warm sense of humor and your never ending life-lesson-stories...and your friendship. I am so grateful that I was destined to meet you straight out of high school,(forty years ago); when I was so hungry to learn everything I could about ART and Sculpture… and about myself. You helped me to "SEE" beyond the obvious...and to take chances in expressing my own creative, intuitive self through bronze, wood, clay, drawing and painting and just living. Thank you, Andy. I will carry in my heart forever the memory of your laughter, your pure joy of life and those incredible kaleidoscopic blue eyes of yours!
Love, warm hugs and best wishes (and memories) to Pam and the family, and to all his old friends.
Smiling Through the Tears,
"Sue"
Thank you Sue for your wonderful memories of Andy. It was so good to hear from you and it brought back so many flashbacks from times past. Andy knew you had a great talent and I hope you have continued on in the arts. Yes... I have been with Andy for 40 years and married for 26.
He enriched my life so much. He was truely a Renaissance Man! His energy and curiosity will remain on with me forever. I miss him so much.
Life is so short so make the best of every minute!
Susan Carroll Ferree

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Apr 17, 2009
 
April 17, 2009
HELLO PAM!!!
I am SO glad that you saw my comments! I really hoped that you would since I had no other way of sending my condolences. How are you doing? I sure miss him too, even though I haven't seen him in years.....It's just knowing that he's really physically gone from this earthly place forever that is so shocking to me...because somehow I thought he would live forever! He will, of course, in the hearts of so many others who loved him , in my warm and happy memories of him and through his ART. Yeh, he really was an amazing "old soul" in so many ways...and I feel deeply grateful and honored to have known him.(But I almost fell over when I read that he was 79!!! I had no idea!)
Pam, I know I’m completely out of the “loop” socially any more(not that I ever was) but I am concerned that a whole lotta people may not have heard of Andy’s passing on March 7th!?! Many may not have seen this website at all or Andy's OBIT in the papers, around here anyway? My husband Kelly just happened to see the obit (on April 1st) in our "Daily Breeze"...but it wasn't in the Obituary section at all! Even on THIS site, if you go to the OBIT section and type in "Andrew Fagan", it is NOT there! I had to Google it indirectly!?! That may explain why there are only TWO responses here? I am sure that hundreds of people have probably been in contact with you and the family since Andy’s passing, but I’m completely out of touch with anybody outside of my own little family and world (literally) so I do hope that there was a huge turnout at the services on April 18? My thoughts were with you all on that day…and with Andy’s spirit. I will never forget him, and all the good times. I just wish we all had shared more good times together through the years…(something I will always regret.)
Now…if I can just get back to my ART again, maybe will feel better about own precious minutes passing me by.(sigh.)
Take care Pam…and THANK YOU for everything!
Warm Hugs To You,
Susan Carroll Ferree
herenow@earthlink.net
Barbara Brown

Portland, OR

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Jun 3, 2009
 
I was a life drawing student of Andy's in the mid 70's. Wow, seems like a lifetime ago! I'm sorry now for not staying in touch since then. Guess I also assumed he'd always be around, sharing his contagious love for art & life!

He has been coming to my mind a lot lately and I remembered his birthday was coming on June 4. I'm shocked and saddened to read of his passing. I remember him as such a wonderful and crazy guy, well described by Susan above.

His favorite drawing pencil, the Eagle 314, is mine as well to this day. The "magic pencil" as he called it, is the best for a crisp, sharpened line or a soft, smeared effect.

Thank you Andy ... for touching the lives of so many people with your art & humanity. You are deeply missed by many. My best to his family & friends.

Now, I best get busy making art again ... I'm truly inspired, after too long of a pause.
Barbara Brown

Portland, OR

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Jun 3, 2009
 
I was a life drawing student of Andy's in the mid 70's. Wow, seems like a lifetime ago! I'm sorry now for not staying in touch since then. Guess I also assumed he'd always be around, sharing his contagious love for art & life!

He has been coming to my mind a lot lately and I remembered his birthday was coming on June 4. I'm shocked and saddened to read of his passing. I remember him as such a wonderful and crazy guy, well described by Susan above.

His favorite drawing pencil, the Eagle 314, is mine as well to this day. The "magic pencil" as he called it, is the best for a crisp, sharpened line or a soft, smeared effect.

Thank you Andy ... for touching the lives of so many people with your art & humanity. You are deeply missed by many. My best to his family & friends.

Now, I best get busy making art again ... I'm truly inspired, after too long of a pause.
Mark Fagan

United States

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Jun 5, 2009
 
June 4 th - Happy B day pops.

I Love you and miss you a lot - as do so many other people.You will always be remembered and missed.

your son,

Mark
Sue Carroll Ferree

Los Angeles, CA

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Jun 5, 2009
 
Happy late 80th B-Day Andy! Hope you "partied hardy"...wherever you are!
Remembering You Always,
"Sue"
Bill Porteous

Victoria, Canada

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Mar 23, 2010
 
I was also a student and friend of Andy's and miss him very much.
Pam and I were in the same life drawing class at El Camino during the mid
sixty's. I worked for Andy at the Hermosa Beach studio foundry and assisted him in setting up his show at the Palos Verdes Art Gallery....
He worked with me at my studio school in Victoria British Columbia and managed to inspire and captivate students here as he did long ago in California. His openness and vulnerability made him accessible and generous with those who came across his path. His own enthusiasm for life and art was completely contagious and inspiring and the world misses his passion and commitment to art. I will always treasure my time with him as a student and later in life as a friend and fellow artist. I hope Pam is doing well and I hope we can visit again before too long...
Bill
Bill Porteous

Victoria, Canada

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Mar 23, 2010
 
Jeff in Denver,

You might want to read the comments from this forum before you criticize my tribute to an old friend.
Enrique Cardiel Yanez

Long Beach, CA

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Jan 28, 2013
 
I was a life drawing & sculpture student of Andy's the mid 90's. He was great and made the our classes go by so fast with his humor and amazing wit. I will miss him very much. He would create the studio with such great ambience & harmony. That would inspire all their own style and love of Art & expression. He would always remind us to, "Use the paint as if we were rich and to not be afraid to use it all!" lol
He would also tell me, of how much I reminded him of his Son. He might have mentioned which one, but I have forgotten. In Italy he would ask me with a stair in his eyes, as if I new the correct way of saying things in Italian. It was all because of that one time we had - wright before starting our painting session at the studio in Firenze around the corner of that illustrious poet's home of Dante. We walked in to this bar for a cup of coffee. He talked about how his great experiences and love of the city of Florence. He said it couldn't get better than this! He was correct, because after art history classes or during our lectures. We would walk steps away and experience with our own eyes. All the great pieces sculptures paintings monuments and arquitecture that Firenze was made of. It was inspiring and a wonderful experience...an experience of a life time. So thank you Andy for persuading me to be apart of those moments. Never to be forgotten and a life time to charrish!
Enrique Cardiel Yañez
Yanezenriq@hotmail.com
Stella oz Tete

Torrance, CA

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#15
Mar 18, 2013
 
I first became a student of Andy Fagan In the Fall of 1970, Sculpture.... What a fantastic Teacher and caring person .
.I think what I remember most was his funny distinct voice, and his love of his Scottish heritage ... He was from Detroit and had a lot of street smarts, I think his love of Jazz made the classroom even more interesting and the funky tea maker , he always insisted on using the teabags twice, very thrifty!! He had a great sense of art history and was a great life drawing teacher. He made a beautiful Bronze memorial for his colleague Fotis Korkis the printmaking teacher, very thoughtful, I think he did a great job of the Bronze casting dept.I think he really cared about his students and family, his legacy still continues ....My son Maxwell is 19 and taking the class, Wish he could have gotten a chance to meet him ...I miss all my classmates of that era late 60's early 70's what a great era of artists ...

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