Paul Arthur Dufour
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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.

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Published in The Advocate from Sep. 8 to Sep. 12, 2008.
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September 15, 2008
To Rita, Sam, and the Dufour children...I was saddened to hear from Sam that Paul passed away on 9/6. Teaching obligations will prevent me from being at the funeral later this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with Paul and all of you.
I am indebted to Paul for many many things. He, his art, and teaching touched a lot of people.
Judy Bond
September 15, 2008
Paul and Stephanie,
Please know that the Eaton family is thinking of you all. I know your father will be missed by many. We will always have his art as a beautiful reminder of his life. Susan
September 15, 2008
What happy and good memories I have about Paul. Our family has the highest regard for him. We loved him for the person he was. We will pray for you, Rita, and kids. Be strong and courageous.
Leasa (Rick's Sister) Tomlin and family
September 14, 2008
My heart goes out to dear Rita, family and loved ones of Paul. He was such an encourager of both my husband's painting and my music and poetry. No one could take you through a tour of a piece of beauty like Paul Dufour. So many things would have been missed. He deepened my understanding in so many ways. I asked him once if he could be anywhere he wished, where would that be? He replied that he would be sitting beside a river... the flow of them like things gone by, things that are and things that are to be. Such depth of living and love for all of you... flows on without end. May the comfort of God's eternal living water be yours and the knowledge that there is so much more to come... Much love, Jan Swetman
Jan Swetman
September 13, 2008
Dear Rita, Jay , and Paul, I was deeply saddened by learning of Paul's passing. Saddened yet joyous of the wonderful life he was blessed to have lived. I had his course in the study of color as well as his renowned stained glass course. I will always have nothing but fine memories of him. I remember my first exposure to Paul and how I would fix my attention on him as he worked his whole class. He possessed the unique ability to get incredable results from all his students. He did it all with grace, dignity, and very fine humor. I am a better man because of Paul. I thank you all for sharing him with me. Ed McCallum
Ed McCallum
September 12, 2008
Paulo I am sorry to here about the passing of you dad. I lost my dad back in 1998 and really miss him. I will kep you and your family in my prayers.
James Bourg
September 12, 2008
Stephanie,
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father, I know how special he was and how close you were. I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.
Tanya Blanchard
September 12, 2008
Paul,
Having lost my dad in when I was 17 I understand the hole it leaves in your life and in your heart. I know it's hard, but when you struggle with the pain of this loss, try to also be joyous that you had him for as many years as you did, and that he is now with God. My condolences to you and your family.
Sherrie McCroskey Wilks
Sherrie Wilks
September 12, 2008
I NEVER MET MR. DUFOUR BUT I'M AWARE OF HIS MANY DEEDS. THE STATE AND OUR COUNTRY HAS LOST AN AMAZING INDIVIDUAL AND MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY.

GOD BLESS YOU PAUL.
BOB RICHARDSON
September 11, 2008
Paul - and Rita - will surely know how very much being a part of their lives means to us. We shared New Hampshire, and Baton Rouge; we shared love of art, and we shared many important times with each other. We think of Paul as a kind and loving person who touched all of us. Thank you God, for the privilege.
Fred & Edna Huber
September 10, 2008
I worked at St. James Place for several years and Mr. Dufour always held a very special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Dufour and family.
Haley Harrelson
September 10, 2008
Paul, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It is never easy to lose a parent and must especiallly hard for you during this time after the storm. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Judy & Billy Collins
September 10, 2008
Our hearts and prayers are with your family. Paul's kindness as a gentleman and mentor will always be with us. ~Ken & Camille Carso Sihler(Sam's sister), Walnut Creek, CA
September 9, 2008
Dear Stephanie and Family: So sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad touched so many through his art and that will always live on in our hearts and souls. All the best to you and yours during this difficult time. Derri
Derri Barton Smith
September 9, 2008
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.....
LHS 73
Loretta Britt
September 9, 2008
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
kingston eversull
September 9, 2008
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Stephanie Carter Boudreaux (LHS '73)
Stephanie Boudreaux
September 9, 2008
Paul-Paulo My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My parents (Ross and Kathy) were friends of your parents long after we finished high school. I hope to see you at the reunion.
Kit Murrell
September 8, 2008
Stehpanie,
My condolences on the loss of your Dad.
August Hurston (Stuttgart, Germany)
September 8, 2008
Paul and Stephaine
I was sorry to hear about your dad
you are in my prayers
pat hudson
September 8, 2008
Sending my condolences during your time of loss
-Loki
(former RAGE nail tech)
September 8, 2008
I have fond memories of lunch with Paul and Rita when I lived at St. James Place. My heart goes out to the family.
Ella Felton
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