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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