Kubly and a student with a model of Hillside Campus
Don Kubly passed away yesterday at the age of 93.
He was an alumnus, our second president, an influential leader, a colleague, mentor and friend.
A native of Pasadena, Kubly came to Art Center to study Advertising, quickly earning a reputation as one of the school’s best students.
“We wanted to be leaders in the field, so it wasn’t a matter of training, but a matter of truly understanding,” Kubly said in a 2010 interview. “A school like ours was unusual back in those days.”
Kubly met his wife, Sally, while both were students at the College’s first campus on Seventh Street in Los Angeles.
Don and Sally Kubly. Photo © Steven A. Heller/Art Center College of Design
“When Don asked my father if he could marry me, my father told him that if we did, he would have to take on my Art Center tuition,” Sally remembered in a 2010 interview. “That’s what motivated Don to begin teaching, that tuition payment.”
After graduating in 1949, he landed a job at N.W. Ayer & Son in Philadelphia, one of the country’s leading advertising agencies. Serving as a senior art director for more than 16 years, Kubly won numerous gold medals and other top awards for his creative work.
In 1963, Kubly returned to Art Center to work with College president Tink Adams as assistant to the director, teaching and managing the school’s day-to-day operations.