LSU community mourns the passing of College of Art & Design Alumni Professor Mark Zucker

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Mark Zucker

Mark Zucker, J. Franklin Bayhi Alumni Professor of Art History in the LSU School of Art, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 3, in Innsbruck, Austria.

A legendary figure in the LSU School of Art, Zucker served as a professor of Renaissance and Baroque art and as art history area coordinator. He was a specialist in Renaissance art and contributed seven volumes on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian engraving to "The Illustrated Bartsch," a definitive series of scholarly reference books on Old Master prints. He also published on various aspects of Renaissance art in leading international journals and had been working on relationships between Italian Renaissance art and literature.

Zucker received his doctorate from Columbia University. In 2001, he was the recipient of LSU's Distinguished Faculty Award and was named J. Franklin Bayhi Alumni Professor of Art in 2003.

The comments of his students and peers are a testament to Zucker's character and dedication, describing him as a professor who enjoyed teaching and truly cared about his students, their welfare and their education. He was admired and beloved by former students, faculty colleagues and all who knew him.

"Our thoughts go out to Mark Zucker's family, friends, colleagues and former students," said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. "An accomplished teacher and researcher, he will be greatly missed by the LSU community."

"The LSU community is saddened to hear of Mark Zucker's passing," said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. "A well-respected figure in the LSU School of Art, students, faculty and staff who worked with him will miss him greatly."

Zucker is survived by his wife Kathleen, two step-children and four step-grandchildren. Kathleen Zucker will return to Louisiana this week for a private interment ceremony.

Information about a gathering in appreciation of the life of Mark Zucker will be announced as soon as possible, according to College of Art & Design representatives.