It is with a heavy heart that we announce Mason Walsh, our beloved former board member and advisory council member, has passed on.
He was a great person and supporter of the Lighthouse ArtCenter. He is remembered as always being kind, polite and gracious. On the board, he was reserved, but when he spoke, he would deliver a spot-on analysis of the situation, and everyone listened. He also supported the ArtCenter financially with his high-level membership, as well as sponsoring tables at our events and generously donating to our scholarships.
During our Highwaymen exhibit, he lent us several pieces from his collection.
We will miss him, but he will be remembered by all.
A resident of Jupiter (and Ligonier, Penn.), Mason graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. His past work experience includes the law firm of Reed Smith in Pittsburgh and the Richard K. Mellon Family and Foundation and Trust. He also is former Vice Chairman and trustee of Richard King Mellon Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Alabama Coastal Land Trust; Wildlife-Wildlands Institute in Montana; The Nature Conservancy in Washington D.C. (former Board Chairman); American Farmland Trust in Washington, D.C. (former Vice Chairman); and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. He is the recipient of Gulf Oil Conservation Award and The National Park Foundation's George McAneny Historical Preservation Medal Award.
He served on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Board and then on the Advisory Council from 2003 to the 2015.
Mr. Marvin Mordes
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Marvin Mordes who was not only a great physician and a kind and gentle man, but a great supporter of the arts, along with his lovely wife Elayne. The couple hosted the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Collector’s home reception in 2012 and has been involved in the ArtCenter in events and judging exhibitions. Dr. Mordes will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts are with his wife and his family.
Dr. Marvin Mordes died unexpectedly on September 18, 2014 while traveling in Europe with his devoted wife of 47 years, Elayne. For 26 years, Marvin was Chief of Neurology at St. Joseph's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Upon moving to South Florida, he cared for patients at Cleveland Clinic Florida for five years before setting up his practice on the MorseLife campus in West Palm Beach. Marvin received his medical degree from the University of Ghent in Belgium and completed his residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. Marvin will be remembered as a passionate, caring and distinguished physician, a patron of the arts and a global citizen. Known fondly as a true renaissance man, he was an avid collector of contemporary art and devoted supporter of artists, donating many works to museums of regional and national prominence. He was on the Board of Directors of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, where he sponsored The Mordes Lecture of Contemporary Art for 11 years. He was co-founder with his wife Elayne of Whitespace Collection, a private contemporary art exhibition space in West Palm Beach. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elayne (Rubenstein), daughter Stephanie Ives, son-in-law Matthew Ives, and grandchildren Jared and Martine Hamilton, and was the dear brother-in-law of Marcy (Rubenstein) and Larry Friedman, and Marc Rubenstein.
Memorial tributes may be sent to MorseLife Foundation, 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida 33417; Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, 501 S. Sapodilla Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401; or Palm Beach Opera Young Artists Program, 415 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Funeral services will be held at Sol Levinson and Brothers Funeral Home, 8900 Reisterstown Road in Balltimore followed by Shiva at the home of Marcy and Larry Friedman at 4 Schoss Court, Pikesville. Date and time of this service are pending. Services in Florida will be scheduled at Palm Beach Synagogue at a later date.
Alex Morton III
August 12, 1941 – June 29, 2014
It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our friend, fellow artist and Lighthouse ArtCenter Board Member, Alex Morton III. Alex was a wonderful man, a talented artist and was deeply respected by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
"Alex was dedicated to his family and friends"
Alexander Morton, III was born on August 12, 1941 in Camden, New Jersey. His parents were Alexander and Catherine (nee Robinson) Morton, Jr. and they were of Scottish descent. Alex died suddenly on Sunday, June 29, 2014. He was 73 years of age.
Alex was resident of Florida and a former resident of Birmingham, MI. He graduated in 1959 from Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield, NJ. In high school, he was senior class president and active in student government and sports. He graduated in 1963 from Michigan State University with his degree in Communications. He was proud to be the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. Alex was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. He earned the rank of Sergeant and served overseas in Phu Cat, Vietnam. He was a retired Vice President and longtime advertising executive for D'Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles Advertising Agency. He was a former marketing executive for the P.G.A. Senior Tour. He was a coach and active with his children's sporting activities. He was an accomplished watercolorist and enjoyed golf and fishing. He was a member of Bloomfield Hills Country Club, member and former board member of Jupiter Hills Golf Club and board member of Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta, FL.
Alex was the beloved husband of Valerie A. (nee Lewis) Morton and they were married for 48 years. Dear father of Alex Morton (Sandra), Todd Morton (Monica) and Casey Morton (Kimberly). Loving "Grandy" of Gabrielle, Alex IV, McLean, Brooke and Carter. Brother of Patricia Jones (David). Uncle of Renee Fahey (Rob) and Cathy Hopkins.
The Morton Family will receive friends Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 4 – 8 p.m. with funeral service at 7 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, Michigan
In lieu of flowers, the Morton Family suggests memorial tributes to the First Tee Junior Golf Association, 4255 Legacy Trail., St. Augustine, FL 32092.
Click here to view Alex's watercolor paintings >>
Mr. Ralph Ianuzzi
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Ralph Ianuzzi on September 13. Ralph was an ardent supporter of the Lighthouse ArtCenter, as well as a sculpture student. His wife Lyn Ianuzzi serves on our board of directors and was last year’s chair of ArtyBras. Our thoughts are with Lyn and their family.
Mrs. Kathryn W. Davis
The Lighthouse ArtCenter family extends its condolences to the family of Kathryn W. Davis, who
passed away April 23 at the age of 106. Mrs. Davis and her art were an inspiration to us all.
“Mrs. Davis was a lovely, bright person who made a big difference in the lives of others. I enjoyed her
visits to the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum and giving her tours of the exhibitions. Mrs. Davis was a
painter and loved to see the art,” said Katie Deits, executive director. “As world peace was one of her
life’s missions, she sponsored our “Peace on Earth” exhibit in 2010, in which artists expressed their
interpretations of the subject. She also loved the book we produced on the exhibition.”
The Lighthouse ArtCenter has been proud to exhibit Mrs. Davis’ paintings at the museum and at off-site
exhibitions at Northern Trust. “I am particularly fond of Mrs. Davis’ painting ‘First Snow,’ where she painted
birch trees in a gestural manner, casting purple shadows in the snow,” Ms. Deits said.
Lighthouse ArtCenter member and artist Carol Steinberg started teaching Mrs. Davis approximately 12
years ago. “She had broken her hip playing tennis when she was 97, so she decided to learn painting,”
Mrs. Steinberg said. “Painting was a delight for her, and she was always interested in learning and doing.
Life was an adventure for her; she was truly an amazing lady.”
In honor of her 100th birthday, Mrs. Davis and her daughter Diana Davis Spencer sponsored a major exhibition
entitled, “A Woman's Eye: Selected Works by 20th Century Women Artists” featuring paintings and other
artwork from museums, galleries and private collections from across the country, including the work of Mary
Cassatt, Lilla Cabot Perry, Cecilia Beaux, Grandma Moses and Jane Peterson.
In 2008, Mrs. Davis sponsored an exhibition by the American artist Rockwell Kent.
“Mrs. Davis led an exemplary, active and meaningful life,” said Colette Meyer, president of the Lighthouse
ArtCenter. “We appreciate her dedication to the arts and her contributions to the ArtCenter. She will be
More information about Mrs. Davis >>
Book on the “Peace on Earth Exhibition” sponsored by Mrs. Davis >>
Florida Weekly news article >>
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