86, of Galesburg, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago.
He was born August 6, 1925 in Great Falls, Mont., the son of Charles R. and Edith Mainland Goudie. He married Joanne R. Buck on September 12, 1953 in East St. Louis, Ill. Joanne preceded him in death on November 12, 2011.
He is survived by two daughters, Catherine (and Patrick) Howell of Chicago and Leslie (and Stephen) Warner of Evanston, Ill.; two grandchildren, Kathleen and James Warner; two nieces, Laurie Pace and Anne Marvin, both of Missoula, Mont.; two nephews, Tom Buck of Washington, D.C. and Mark Wilson of Kalispell, Mont.; and two brothers-in-law, Stuart Wilson of Kalispell and Robert Buck of Fairview Heights, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Catherine S. Wilson.
Harland was raised in Great Falls, Mont., graduating from Great Falls High School in 1943. During the Depression, his family lived for a year in his parents’ native Shetland Islands. Following high school, he served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, as a Seaman First Class, stationed in the Pacific fleet. After being discharged from the Navy, Harland attended Montana State College and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950. During the Korean War he was stationed in Honolulu as a propaganda artist. In 1954, Harland earned his MFA from the University of Iowa.
Harland and Joanne moved to Galesburg in 1954, where Harland was the Chancie Ferris Booth Professor of Art at Knox College, and eventually chairman of the Art Department until his retirement in 1990. Harland helped lead an expansion of the department, introducing courses in printmaking and ceramics, and he contributed greatly to the design of the present Center for Fine Arts on campus. He was also a force in the sensitive renovation of the Knox Seymour Library during the 1980s. In 1974 Harland was selected by the Knox faculty to go to Jesus College, Oxford as the Sang Exchange Scholar.
Harland’s prints and paintings have been shown in solo exhibits, including the Gilman Gallery, Chicago, and group exhibits, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Nelson Gallery of Art in Kansas City, the St. Louis Art Museum, and a showing of international Pop Artists at the University of Missouri Museum of Art. His work is held in private and museum collections, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Queens City College, the University of Southern California, and the Butler Art Institute. Several of his portraits of Knox faculty and administrators may be seen in the Knox Seymour Library. Critical reviews and articles on his work appeared in American Artist, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Tribune. Harland was also a book review contributor to American Artist magazine. His work has been reproduced in Printmaking Today, Art in America, and Artist’s Proof. During his retirement he continued to maintain a studio in his home and completed landscape paintings en plein air in and around Galesburg and at his vacation home in Ashley Lake, Montana.
Harland was actively involved in efforts to preserve Galesburg’s buildings. He served on the Galesburg Landmark Commission for many years and was instrumental in preventing the demolition of Knox College’s Alumni Hall. An avid jazz enthusiast, Harland played trumpet in several local jazz groups and maintained an extensive collection of recordings and magazines. Harland was an accomplished runner. A top finisher in his 50-and-over-age group in local 10K races and marathons, he won third place for his age group in the 1984 Chicago Marathon and competed in the Boston Marathon. He practiced yoga daily through his mid-80s.
A private graveside service will be in Hope Cemetery, Galesburg. A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012 in the Round Room, Knox College Ford Center for the Fine Arts. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knox College’s Alumni Hall restoration. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.