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My old and dear friend and colleague John Scarlata past away last Thursday, July 17th surrounded by his family in Boone, NC. John had been fighting cancer for the past few years and it finally got the best of him.
I first met John at a Society for Photographic Education conference at Penland, NC back in 1986. I was still in graduate school looking for a teaching job and drove to Penland with my Professor Henry Stindt and fellow graduate student Joe Champagne. I can still see John sitting on the wooden fence in front of the dining hall with Tom Braswell waving to us as we pulled into Penland. I had never met him before but he came up to us and introduced himself and it was like we were old friends from that very first encounter. John was a driving force in SPE over the years and an inspiration to me and many others in the region. I’m so glad I got to see him at the last SPE conference in Atlanta. John will be sorely missed! He was a great educator, photographer, colleague and friend! He also had a great mustache.
Farewell John and God Speed!
Feel free to post any thoughts or memories shared with John to this blog. These photos bring back some great memories for me
A memorial celebration for John Scarlata will be held Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone. A covered dish dinner will follow at the family’s home in the Matney community.
Additional information is available at http://www.scene.appstate.edu/2010/06/21/in-memoriam-3/