Remembering James Conlon

The Media Center celebrates the life and work of our Director, James Conlon, who died after a short illness on July 17, 2009. James joined the Department of Art History and Archaeology to work in the Media Center in the late 1990s; The Media Center had recently been established at a time of exciting change in image technology and in the way we teach art history. James's first mandate was to work closely with the archaeologists to develop field missions that would apply newly-gathered digital images to teaching and research projects fostered by members of the faculty. He was particularly active in Africa, Yemen, and Venice, and he participated in the Summer School for Medieval Architecture in the Bourbonnais. He played a key role in our relations with outside agencies like the World Monuments Fund and Save Venice.

James led the Media Center with extraordinary ingenuity, wisdom, wit, and personal grace. Always poised and courteous, infinitely resourceful, he retained a lively sense of the excitement involved in reshaping the environment in which images are collected, stored, and used as tools for teaching and research, as well a sense of pleasure in his interactions with colleagues, faculty, and students. He was passionately engaged in his architectural conservation program in Yemen and commited to the efforts of the Yemen Red Crescent Society.

James Conlon's extraordinary contributions and his presence among us were deeply appreciated by his staff, colleagues, and friends in the Media Center and the Department of Art History and Archaeology. He is sorely missed.