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Friends to honor Bob Olpin

Robert "Bob" S. Olpin
Robert "Bob" S. Olpin

Friends, colleagues and former students of Robert "Bob" S. Olpin, professor of art history and former dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, will have a chance to pay tribute to him on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Museum of Utah Art and History (MUAH), 125 S. Main, in downtown Salt Lake City. Reminiscences about the beloved professor will be captured by YourStory: Record and Remember, a MUAH recording studio devoted to the preservation of Utahns' life stories. The recordings will be presented to Olpin's family and a copy will be placed in the oral-history archives of the Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

"Friends and acquaintances can tell individual or group stories about Bob," said U. folklorist Meg Brady, creator of the YourStory project and Olpin's friend and colleague. "He was such a great storyteller."

A prominent art historian, Olpin, 65, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, due to complications following a stroke.

He authored many well-known publications, including the original Dictionary of Utah Art and received numerous honors and awards, including the Utah History Media Award for his book "Utah Art."

Olpin was named a Thomas D. Dee Fellow for his accomplishments as a teacher and an educator.

For more information on the Olpin tribute, call 801-355-5554.