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Florence S. Hirsch

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Florence S. Hirsch, former resident of Yellow Springs, passed away peacefully on Sept. 28 at Sycamore Glen Health Center after a brief illness.

Born on August 22, 1921, in Dayton, Florence graduated from Steele High School in 1939, and obtained her BFA from the School of the Dayton Art Institute, a bachelors from the University of Dayton and atelier work at the Aegina Art Center, Greece. She retired from Wright Patterson AFB as a technical illustrator in 1982, was chairperson of the art department of Wilberforce University from 1965 to 1970 and served on the faculty of the Dayton Art Institute as drawing instructor for the Saturday morning art classes for young people from the mid-‘50s to the late ‘60s.

As a life-long working artist, teacher and mentor, Florence’s sensitive visions and representational subject matter were skillfully portrayed through well-controlled messages of feelings by color, composition and subject. Throughout her lifetime, she participated in many juried shows in the Miami Valley as well as in numerous exhibitions in the Midwest. Represented in national exhibitions in Chicago, Houston, and Cincinnati, Florence’s work is in the permanent collections of Wilmington College, Wilberforce University, the Charles F. Kettering Memorial Hospital, the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science and the Fort Wayne Museum in Indiana. As a participating artist for many years at the Dayton Visual Arts Center, Florence will be remembered and loved by all who knew her.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband of 18 years, Joseph F. Hirsch of Dayton, daughter and son-in-law Catherine and William Lewandoski of Leander, Texas, daughter Josie and son-in-law Jeff Inslee of Yellow Springs, and grandchildren Aimee and Brian Inslee of Yellow Springs. A date and location for a celebration of Florence’s life through her paintings and drawings will be announced within the next few weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Dayton.


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