July 7, 1937 - January 28, 2020
It is with heavy heart that I share the news of Karl Hufbauer's passing on January 28th. Karl was a friend and I had the pleasure of sharing a studio with him for many years. We met nearly 20 years ago. I was moving a newly acquired piece of basalt on the sidewalk in front of my old studio when Karl's son-in-law walked by and said his father-in-law wanted to learn sculpture. I gave him my contact information and never expected to hear anything, because it is rare that people follow up. Karl called that afternoon, we talked, I gave him a piece of limestone, and then we spent the next decade carving together.
Karl's interests were broad and his understanding deep. Stone sculpture was but a small slice of his life, though he pursued it with vigor and passion. I learned a lot from him about geology and precision, and I delighted in his dedication to the craft and our organization. Karl served as a board member for many years and added his intellect and University committee experience to our process.
He is missed.