Tuesday, April 14, 2009

In Honor of my Dad.....

Today I felt I needed to honor the memory of my father, so below is his obituary, or what I like to call his "tribute". I hope you enjoy it. He was an interesting man, who left behind a legacy.

Paprock, Dr. Kenneth Edward
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October 10, 1938 - April 1, 2009

Kenneth Edward Paprock, beloved father, grandfather and teacher, went home to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, April 1, 2009. A Memorial service has been set for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2009, at the Arts Center in College Station. Early seating is suggested, as there will fewer seats than people.

Ken was born in Detroit, Michigan to Edward and Florence Paprocki. He proudly served his country, in the U.S. Navy, from 1955-1959, during the Korean War. Throughout his earlier years he studied the religious practice of American Orthodoxy, becoming a Bishop of this church.

Ken Paprock first studied art by apprenticing under Karl Seethalar, in Long Beach, California. (1959-61). He then traveled to Mexico City to study under Raul Anguiano and Rufino Tamayo at the Escuela de Bellas Artes, Esmeralda (1961).

In 1962, Ken Paprock received a scholarship to the School of the Art Institute in Chicago (1962). Deciding to get a university degree, he then attended UCLA where he earned a BA in Studio Arts (1965) and an MA in Art (1966).

Returning to Chicago, he taught at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts (1966-68) until asked to develop the art curriculum for Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. There he was department head and taught studio arts. Receiving his PhD in 1986, he joined the faculty in the Adult Education Department at Texas A&M University in order to design a degree in Human Resource Development.

Since that time he has traveled extensively and has done research in cross-cultural training and development, and designed courses in International HRD, Change Theory, Communications, and others.

His artworks are in collections of several Hollywood producers and writers. Throughout the world, his paintings can be found in collections in Sweden (including the King of Sweden), Netherlands, Mexico, Taiwan and Germany, as well as the United States. His works are also included in the collection of Texas A&M University.

Ken's final role, as an esteemed artist, was teaching drawing and painting classes at the Arts Center and from his home in College Station, Texas. He will be deeply missed by family, friends, students and all those, around the world, whose lives were touched by his love, brilliance and artistic talents.

He is survived by his Sons, John-Brian Paprock, wife Teresa and grandson Christopher, of Madison, Wisconsin; Matthew Paprock and grandchildren Amber and Andy Hisel, also of Madison, Wisconsin; Daughters, Dara Marie Paprock-Brown, husband, Billy Brown and grandsons, Nimo Paprock-Brown and Elias Brown, of Austin, Texas; Sarah Anne Barnes and husband Clay, grandchildren; Matthew and Andrew Powell and Samantha and Jacob Barnes, of Bryan, Texas and last but not least, Leah Elizabeth Paprock and James Schue, grandchildren, Maya and Ephraim, of Austin, Texas, as well as Julie Paprock, a former wife and loyal companion, along with his good friend, Renata Meier and many friends and extended family.

We would like to send out a special thanks to Dr. Lechin, Dr. Ragupathi, Dr, Tripathy and Dr. Fleener, all of the Nurses on PCU at the College Station Medical Center and of course Traditions Hospice, for the quickness and loving care given at the end of his life.

In remembrance, donations may be made to any of the following groups:
Traditions Hospice, 1706 E 29th St Suite 101, Bryan, TX 77802; American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org; American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org; Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, http://www.acbv.org

Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.mem.com
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle on 4/12/2009
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