In Memoriam: Glenn House Sr.
On September 14, 2014 The University of Alabama and its Book Arts Program lost a great friend and colleague, Glenn House, Sr. Many of you knew Glenn, or may recognize him from his discovery and popularization of Alabama Kozo Asian-style paper. In 1974 Glenn began teaching letterpress printing classes in the School of Library & Information Studies at UA. He retired as a SLIS professor in 1991 Those first classes eventually developed into the MFA in the Book Arts Program that flourishes to this day. Glenn set up the Lost Arch Papermill, as part of the Book Arts Program, and in retirement he came back to us every year to spin yarns about his beloved Kozo, and tales of his hometown, Gordo, Alabama. He and his wife Kathy Fetters set up two type shops and an art gallery in that small town, and became mentors for generations of Book Arts students who wanted to print their thesis work in Gordo. Glenn was a charismatic artist in letterpress, clay and painting. He knew no strangers, and saw as a significant part of his mission to help others learn to make books. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Fetters