Linfield loses beloved artist, professor

This holiday season we bid a farewell to a member of the Linfield community.

An email from the President’s Office announced the death of Nils Lou, Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture, on Dec. 26.

Lou passed away in afternoon on Dec. 25 according to John McKeegan’s email.

Lou began teaching at Linfield in 1987. Lou’s artwork has been featured around the world and has created many paintings and sculptures on the Linfield Campus, including the sundial on Murdock Hall.

Lou lived in nearby Willamina, Ore., and he would have been 82 on Jan. 5.

In an article written in the Linfield Review in 2010, Lou commented on the similarities of relationship between people and art.

“I think it’s almost like any relationship, whether it’s with another person or anything that we personalize,” Lou said. “We assign it a certain vitality and life, and it takes on a form sometimes that goes beyond what we think it might.”

Information on his memorial has not been released yet.


by Kaylyn Peterson/ Managing editor