Woodbury Animation Founder, Chair Jack Bosson Dies

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Jack Bosson

Jack Bosson

Jack Bosson, chair of Woodbury University’s animation department for three years, has died, cartoon historian Jerry Beck announced Monday evening.

His age was not immediately available.

Bosson served as as a training consultant to Disney in 1999 and taught at various institutions until he was hired to set up an animation department at Woodbury. He retired two years ago as professor emeritus after eight years at the university.

He did background painting briefly at Hanna-Barbera and was hired as a trainer in feature animation at Disney in 1995.

Bosson was a practicing and exhibiting fine artist and freelance illustrator for over 35 years. He taught drawing and painting at Cornell University, College of New Rochelle, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art and Design, Gnomon School of Visual Effects and Woodbury, among other institutions.

Bosson received his Diploma of Design from The Cooper Union. He studied painting and drawing at the l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris on a Fulbright Fellowship, and received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell in 1966.

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