It is with a very heavy heart that I post this obituary. I realize for some this will be news.
Marvin Sweet, Ceramics Professor in Fine Arts, died suddenly from an aneurism this summer. As many of you know, he had been battling heart trouble and, most recently, cancer. He had been recovering quite miraculously from both of these ailments, and it was therefore a great shock to learn that we'd lost him in the end.
Prof. Sweet was known for his acerbic humor, his passion for teaching, implacable standards - both for himself and for his students, his artistic talent, and, not least, his kindness and empathy for others. We owe a great debt to him here at the college for what he contributed to our ceramics program.
We are transformed in Comiskey by his absence. His presence and role in the department are irreplaceable.
Colleague, mentor and dear friend, Marvin, we will miss you much. Thank you for all you gave and for your time with us!
- Prof. Kimberly Kersey Asbury on behalf the Fine Arts Studio Faculty at Saint Anselm College
His ceramic work has received many prizes and awards including the Artists Foundation Fellowship Award and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grant.
His creative spirit, love of learning and teaching, will be sorely missed by his loving wife of 27 years, Catherine Jason; his mother, Mildred Sweet; sister, Barbara Sweet; proud niece and nephew, Deborah and Daniel Ben-David; and his dear friends, colleagues and students. HIs father, Harold Sweet, predeceased him.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held Saturday, July 3, 2010 from 1 to 3 P.M.at Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence, MA 01840 and donations in his memory may be made to Essex Art Center. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 36 W. Main St., MERRIMAC"
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