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Artist Milford Zornes '34 Passed Away February 24

Respected watercolor painter Milford Zornes ’34 passed away on February 24 in his Claremont home, almost one month after his 100th birthday.

Highlights of the prolific landscape artist’s 80-year career include serving as president of the California Water Color Society and having his painting, Old Adobe, selected by President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to hang in the White House. Arizona Evening is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other examples of his work can be found in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Butler Institute of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He also taught for a time at Pomona College.

While Zornes’ vision had been crippled by 20 years of macular degeneration, he still painted nearly every day, relying on his memories and sketchbooks. As he shared with Pomona College Magazine in a recent profile, ““[Blindness means] allowing myself the freedom of not necessarily being accurate to the subject, but being accurate to my feeling about the subject.”

Zornes’ family told the Daily Bulletin that no services will be held, as they considered his 100th birthday party “the perfect ending to a life well-lived.”