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Obituary - W Marshall La Cour (1916-2013)
- Published 1st October 2013
Former Society member W Marshall La Cour died aged 97 on 26 September, at his home in Spokane, Washington. La Cour joined The Society in 1951.
His two main passions were photography and music. Marshall served in the U.S. Navy as a Photography Mate and submariner on the USS Bowfin, though his military “career” had already begun in High School and college as a member of ROTC and the U.S. Marine Corps’s. Company B of Pasadena, California. He met his wife Kathryn P. Beyer through mutual friends after his discharge from the service in 1944 and they were married in 1945 in Pasadena.
Marshall was an avid photographer both recreationally and professionally starting in Industrial photography, becoming a store/retail owner (the Alhambra Camera Exchange), doing Free-lance work, opening his own Photography Studio on Belmont Pier in Long Beach, and then finally, after obtaining his BA and MA in Photography.He tauight it full time for the last twenty five years of his professional career, retiring as Chairman of the Photography Department of Cypress College in 1980. His photography textbook Photo Technology was used in numerous high schools and colleges throughout the United States.
He gained his Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1952 and one of his most notable prints White Horse Rearing is included in the Tyng Collection, as well as in collections of the Cathay Museum in Singapore and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.