Paul Arthur Dufour, professor emeritus of art at LSU and founder of Dufour/Corso Studios, passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center following complications with pneumonia. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Rita McCue Dufour; son, Jay Zoel Dufour and wife Jamie; son, Paulo Dufour and wife Jo Ellen; daughter, Stephanie Dufour Dixon; grandchildren, Jay Phillip Dufour and wife Nicole, Shelby Dufour, Jacques Dufour, Marc Dufour, Elyse Dufour, Camille Dufour, Elizabeth Richardson, Alex Richardson, Jeannine Dixon and Melissa Dixon; great-grandchildren, Paul Dufour and Sophia Rodriquez; sister, Lucille Roddy; and brother, Philip Dufour. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay Zoel and Beatrice Dufour; and daughter, Julia Dufour Richardson. Visitation at St. Aloysius Catholic Church on Monday, Sept. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation resumes at the church on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. until Mass at 11 a.m. Paul was born on Aug. 31, 1922, in Manchester, N.H., where he spent his early life before entering the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served on active duty in World War II and received the World War II Victory Medal. Upon an honorable discharge, he enrolled at Yale University, receiving his bachelor's degree in studio arts in 1952. After teaching at St. John's University, he was hired to join the painting faculty at LSU in 1959, eventually starting the only stained glass school in the United States. While at LSU, he received several research grants and sabbaticals, including work/study in Italy and Japan. His strong commitment to education earned him the H.E. "Hub" Cotton Award for Faculty Excellence in 1970. In 1965, after receiving a commission to design the stained glass windows for the Bishop's Chapel for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, he founded Dufour Glass Studio, from which he retired as president in 1992. Although retired he remained active in the arts and served as consultant to the business until recently. Paul's work in the liturgical arts can be seen in numerous churches throughout the United States. His stained glass windows grace many of the churches in this region. Honoring a lifetime of devotion to creating art, his works are included in permanent public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan. Among his many awards are the 1999 Governor's Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Arts, the 1995 Mayor-President's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 1994 Excellence in Education Award from the Stained Glass Association of America and in 1988, he received a Hambidge Foundation Fellowship. Paul's professional memberships included the Educational Committee for the Stained Glass Association of America, the board of directors of the American Glass Guild and the Glass Art Society. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge and a founding member of the Baton Rouge Gallery Inc. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church or the Julia Dufour Richardson Scholarship at The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
Published in The Advocate from Sep. 8 to Sep. 12, 2008.