Dr. Harland J. Goudie, Galesburg Chapel

goudie-harland-website.jpgobit_us_flag.jpg86, 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.

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7 Guestbook Entries to “Dr. Harland J. Goudie, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. Dear Leslie, Steve, Katie, James, Catherine and Patrick,

    I am so sorry for you loss–first Mom and now Dad. They were clearly incredible people, whom I know you will miss terribly. My condolences to all of you.

  2. Uncle Harland will be with me forever. He has had a great influence on my life. As a child I remember him working all day on our family cabin and when the rest of us drug ourselves back to the station wagon, Harland laced up his running shoes for a 20+ mile run back to town. I’ll remember him for his enthusiasm for painting, yoga, playing the trumpet and piano, military movies and belting out an old standard at the drop of a reminiscent word. For teaching me how to draw. For teaching me how to run and do the plow. A cold Rainier on the deck, ( just one ) at 4 oclock. Hanging a spoon and taking me on hikes to Giant Springs. The last time I saw him in 2009 I had a wonderful time watching an old army movie with him on the sun porch at 691 Jefferson and touring his basement full of art and cd collection. Still the same Harland to me, just more gregarious. He will continue to inspire me, of that I’m sure.

  3. Harland, Joanne and Isaac Peterson were among those who encouraged me in art and directed my life-long career and now my retirement occupation.

    Fisty and I send our deepest sympathy to their families.

    Chuck Bennett
    Pleasant Prairie WI

  4. Harland was a very talented artist, a wonderful Knox faculty colleague and an extraordinary citizen of the Knox community.

    My deepest sympathies to the family.

  5. Our deepest sympathy for your loss of both your mother and father over such a short period of time. Joanne without Harland and Harland without Joanne just doesn’t ring. They are both parents to be very proud of as I am sure your whole family knows. They are missed but left a fine mark on all that knew them.

  6. I just found out about Harlan’s death this afternoon ( 1/19/2012) and am stunned. During my time at Knox in the 1970s I took numerous art history courses from him. He had an incredible mind and led me to look at art in a social context. His Socratic method of instruction could be intimidating but was superlative. My last meeting with him was at an alumni reception over homecoming weekend in 2005. Although retired, he was still as gregarious and quizzical as ever. I just can’t imaging Knox without him. My condolences go out to you.

  7. Dear Leslie and Catherine,

    Julie and I would like to express our condolences at the passing away of both your parents. I taught ceramics/sculpture at Knox in the 1960’s, so we spent quite a lot of time together both academically and socially. I do remember the parties–the Goudies, Parkses, Wilsons and Hanes plus a contingent of our better students.

    Your parents stand out in my memory of the good times we shared in Galesburg. They will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know them

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