May 23, 1933 – April 10, 2022
Louis “Bud” Jacobs, a teacher and graphic designer, died April 10 of complications from multiple myeloma. He was 88 years old.
Born in Utica, he came to Buffalo with his family when he was in seventh grade. After graduating from Lafayette High School, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the battleship USS Iowa during its missions along the coasts of North Korea during the Korean War.
Encouraged by a high school art teacher to attend the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, he enrolled in the G.I. Bill there after returning from service, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and made many lifelong friends. He then completed an MFA and an MA in Arts and Humanities at the University at Buffalo.
Mr. Jacobs worked in printing and graphic design, then taught drawing and design at UB and Niagara County Community College until his retirement in 2005.
He created abstract expressionist paintings and made drawings of architectural landmarks. He was one of the poster designers for the Six Landmark Society and made posters for many films shown at the Circle Art and Glen Art cinemas. Also a calligrapher, he applied his skills to greeting cards and invitations to special events.
In retirement, he was an avid tennis player at the Village Glen Tennis Club in Amherst and continued until the game was interrupted by the pandemic. He also traveled frequently to New York and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, to visit friends, attend theater performances, and visit art galleries. He’s been to Japan several times to visit a roommate of Pratt’s.
He had an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music and owned an extensive record collection. His musical tastes were wide ranging, including opera, jazz and Broadway musicals. He also liked to dance and take pictures. He was one of photographer David Moog’s subjects for his “Artists Seen” series.
Survivors include nieces and cousins. One of her cousins is Sister Denise Roche, GNSH, longtime president of D’Youville University.
His paintings will be displayed at a memorial gathering at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.