Art Center Salutes Our Veterans

by November 11th, 2011

Alumnus Horace Bristol's Rescued Airmen Smoking Aboard the PBY" (1944)

Today is Veterans Day, a day our nation sets aside to honor its veterans for their patriotism, their service and the sacrifices they made–and continue to make–to protect our freedoms.

Art Center’s history is rich with students, staff and faculty who served their country through military service. In fact, the College’s student population grew significantly due to the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the GI Bill, a piece of legislation that honored veterans by helping to pay the costs for them to attend colleges and universities. The growth was dramatic enough to require Art Center to move from its modest 7th Street Campus to its larger 3rd Street Campus in 1947.

Today, as we have throughout the College’s history, we continue to educate women and men who have served at home and abroad. As our veterans continue to return from their tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and other points across the globe, we are grateful for the rich contributions they make to our lives, both on and off campus.

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4 Responses to “Art Center Salutes Our Veterans”

  1. What nostalgia at seeing shots of the 7th Street Campus. How come no mention of swiftly Tin Adams seized on the idea of a camouflage “major” within days of Pearl Harbor? It sent a bunch of us out to camouflage the hell out of things in both theaters of war.

  2. Jim Caccavo says:

    Thank you Art Center for finally breaking a pattern of behavior for the past 20 years of ignoring or snubbing the military service of some of our greatest faculty and staff. Among them was the late Charlie Potts (Lt. Commander, USN) , photo chairman, whose photographic coverage of combat in the Pacific in WWII earned him the honor of a burial at sea with full military honors on the battleship USS Missouri in 1987 as covered by ABC News & Los Angles Times. The mayor of Los Angeles in turn presented the flag from the service to his widow at City Hall, declaring the day,\Charles A. Potts Day\ in the city.

    Recently deceased former Art Center president Don Kubly (Major, US Army Air Corp) flew over 80 combat misssons in a dive-bomber version of the P-51 fighter in Europe. When this institution first announced Mr. Kubly’s passing earlier this year, his military service was completely ignored as if it never happened. That was later corrected, and the memorial display included a display of his uniform, medals & photos for those wartime years of his life including a metal scale model of a P-51 fight plane I built and gave to Don the Christmas before his death.

    There were many more at Art Center who touched our lives, but those whose leadership and teaching had great compassion, humanity, and humility I found were rooted in those wartime experiences that challenged and tested one’s courage, and compassion, and sealed forever a code of integrity and values that greatly benefitted this school, and all our lives.

    I would like to leave you with a poem by US Army veteran Charles M. Province:

    \It Is The Soldier\

    \It is the Soldier, not the minister
    Who has given us freedom of religion.
    It is the Soldier, not the reporter
    who has given us freedom of the press.
    It is the Soldier, not the poet
    Who has given us freedom of speech.
    It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
    Who has given us freedom to protest.
    It is the soldier, not the lawyer
    Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
    It is the Soldier, not the politician
    Who has given us the right to vote.
    It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
    Who serves beneath the flag,
    And whose coffin is draped beneath the flag,
    Who allows the protester to burn the flag.\
    ©1970,2005, Charles M. Province

    Thank you for remembering,

    Jim Caccavo
    Photo, 1972
    faculty 1973-1987 (2007-2008)

    Lt. Colonel, (Medical Service Corps)
    Ca Natl Guard, US Army-Korean Armistice

  3. Chase Vox says:

    Outstanding photo from 1944. It really captures the thoughts and feelings of the time.

  4. Joe Pastor says:

    I recall a Lettering class at ACCD ’82 or 83 taught by George Hanft where he recalled his Navy service in the Pacific Theater and seeing the colors of explosions. He served on the “bridge” and told me there were three Georges, so he was called by his middle name, Otto. He was a patriot, a wonderful teacher and somebody I will always be grateful for.

    Joe Pastor