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Avard Tennyson Fairbanks
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1897
Provo
Utah County
Utah, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1987
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Scupltor, Anatomist & Educator
Fairbank's numerous works include a bronze medal of courage presented to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill by Canadian Prime Minister William Mackenzie King, the monument to Lycurgus, the Lawgiver. in Sparta, and Rain, selected as one of the greatest U.S. sculptures for Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Other famous pieces include a bust of Abraham Lincoln and other figures for the U.S. Capitol. He also created many statues for Mormon Church temples and buildings. Avard designed the original radiator ornament for the Dodge Motor Company - a ram. He also created a winged mermaid for the Plymouth in 1930 and a griffin for the Hudson automobiles in 1933.
Another of his works include the heroic statue ''Lincoln, the Frontiersman'' near Honolulu. One of the newly-minted Illinois State commemorative quarters shows the image of the young, clean-shorn Abraham Lincoln on the coin's tail side. Honest Abe's metallic likeness is based on a well-known sculpture by the LDS artist and educator Avard Fairbanks titled, "The Resolute Lincoln." Avard designed the original radiator ornament for the Dodge Motor Company - a ram. He also created a winged mermaid for the Plymouth in 1930 and a griffin for the Hudson automobiles in 1933. Fairbanks was a pupil of the Art Students League of New York under James E. Fraser; Beaux-Arts, Grand Chaumiere and Ecole Modern, Paris; Yale, BFA; University of Washington, MFA; University of Michigan, MA and PhD. Awarded Guggenheirm Fellowship, 1927. He organized the teaching of sculpture in universities in Oregon and Michigan as well as in his native state of Utah.
LDS Church News "Lincoln statue immortalized on coin" March 8, 2003; The Sovereign Collection, Portland, Oregon 1994/96 "Avard Fairbanks"; Allpar Web site owned by Allpar, LLC "The Story of Avard T. Fairbanks" July-August 1999 Plymouth Bulletin
 
 
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 Parents:
  John B Fairbanks (1855 - 1940)
  Lillie Annetta Huish Fairbanks (1857 - 1898)
 
 Spouse:
  Beatrice Maude Fox Fairbanks (1897 - 1992)*
 
 Children:
  Elliott A. Fairbanks (1923 - 2008)*
  Justin Fox Fairbanks (1926 - 2007)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lilly Annetta Fairbanks Yates (1879 - 1959)*
  Vernon Walter Fairbanks (1881 - 1950)*
  John Leo Fairbanks (1882 - 1946)*
  Ervon Huish Fairbanks (1884 - 1957)*
  Leroy Smith Fairbanks (1886 - 1964)*
  Ortho Lane Fairbanks (1887 - 1962)*
  Claude Loraine Fairbanks (1889 - 1976)*
  Lamar Raymond Fairbanks (1894 - 1894)*
  Delamar Rigolot Fairbanks (1894 - 1990)*
  Alma Clyde Fairbanks (1895 - 1895)*
  Avard Tennyson Fairbanks (1897 - 1987)
  John B Fairbanks (1922 - 2002)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: L.L. Scott
Record added: Nov 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31819554
Avard Tennyson Fairbanks
Added by: Earl Munday
 
Avard Tennyson Fairbanks
Added by: L.L. Scott
 
Avard Tennyson Fairbanks
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