Scholder, Laurence T.

November 23, 1942 - May 31, 2017

Laurence (Larry) Ted Scholder
11/23/1942 – 5/31/2017
Born 11/23/1942 in Brooklyn, NY to Arthur and Kate Scholder. Passed away on 5/31/2017 from complications of lung cancer. Larry grew up in New York and attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he met and married his wife Carole. He graduated in 1965 with a BFA and pursued graduate studies in printmaking at the University of Iowa, graduating in1967 with an MA. During this time daughters Erica and Alix were born. After graduation the family moved to Texas where Larry was a Professor in the Department of Art at Southern Methodist University. He taught at SMU for 44 years, retiring in 2012. In addition to teaching, Larry exhibited his artwork extensively throughout Texas and the United States. His prints are in the collections of numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum in Ft. Worth as well as in many private collections.

Survived by wife Carole, daughters Erica Scholder and Alix Perritt, son-in-law John Perritt, granddaughters Shelby and Darcy Perritt, sister Janet Scholder, and numerous cousins including Joel and Marsha Selden.

24 replies on “Scholder, Laurence T.”

Deborah Ballard says:

Larry was a wonderful friend, professor, and mentor to me since 1978.
This world has lost of an incredible person. The memories of Larry have and will give me many grins.
My heart goes out to Carol and the rest of the family.
Thinking about you,

Erika Lieschen Treanor (Briel) says:

Dearest Loved Ones of Larry, My name is Erika Lieschen and I was a print making student of Larry’s at SMU 2005-08. Larry was very special to me. He gave me refuge in the print studio, provided me wisdom in time of need, and from the beginning always believed in my potential to create great works of art. Larry is the reason I got into The Slade in London and is to this day my most cherished mentor. I remember when I visited from London while undergoing my Masters Fine Art and surprised him in the studio. He was in the middle of lecture. I apologetically interrupted with tears of joy to see him and share my gratitude for guiding me to my dream of being an artist in London. Larry being Larry, gave me a huge embrace, invited me to sit in lecture with his students as he introduced those young minds to his favourite and inspiring printmaking artists. Afterwards, we walked the basement halls to his studio and sat for an hour catching up on life, discussing works of art and inspirations. When the time arrived for us to part, we embraced – bid each farewell and hoped for only good things ahead. Several months later when I sent Larry an email about my accomplishments in London and expressed my gratitude for his ongoing belief in me – he replied – ‘I expect great things from you.’ To this day and tomorrow’s tomorrow, I will always be thankful for meeting Larry. He was an old’ school kind of heart and character that is few and far between. With his passing, I promise to carry on a bit of what he shared with me and encourage others in pursuing their dreams. A part of my heart will always held for him and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Erika Lieschen

Lisa Boyd says:

Carole and all the Scholder family, my heart is very heavy for your loss. We all have loss a dear friend and an outstanding artist. Larry has already left a huge hole. I know your road ahead will be a rocky one. Let God’s healing hands help you in your days ahead. God bless you all. Let me know if you need anything. Lisa

Kendall Davis says:

Larry was such a giving professor and kind soul. His life was a gift for many students.

Gail Norfleet says:

I met Larry in 1969 when I started graduate school at S.M.U. For 2 1/2 years the print room was my home away from home . Larry made it a welcoming and inspiring place to be. He was a thoughtful teacher and gently guided you toward your own vision. I was Larry’s first graduate assistant and hundreds of students have followed. Even after I graduated , Larry made the print room available to me. I am grateful for that and his friendship. His contribution as a fine artist and teacher for our community was immense.

Jennifer Crohn says:

I’m so very sorry to hear of Larry’s death. I was one of his printmaking students at SMU in the early 1980s. He was a mentor to so many of us–unassuming, kind and ironically funny. He made a great and quiet impact, and will be missed enormously.

Shannon Rains says:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carole and the entire family. So very sorry for your loss.
Buddy, Duke & Shannon

Kate Sidwell says:

just a wonderful human being everyone touched by his brilliant knowledge, caring nature and funny fabulous sense of humor, will never forget this artist/teacher/friend
Steve and I send our deepest condolences

David Duncan says:

Larry was an unselfish and inspirational teacher. His great sense of humor gave me the license to have fun making art and to make art that was funny. I still use the skills I learned in his print making classes. Every time I find myself using them in the future I will be thinking of and thanking Larry. My thought are with Carol and his family. David Duncan

Lybo Lynn Buchanan says:

I was in his Printmaking class at SMU around 1968 or 9. He was one of my favorite instructors. Always thoughtful, funny, encouraging, and just made his class fun. I never forgot him through the years & was very saddened when I heard of his death from a friend of mine. My thoughts & prayers to his family.

Sandy and Paul Packman says:

Paul and I knew Larry through our connection at SMU. Paul, as a colleague who enjoyed discussing art and engineering, and I as a grad student at the Meadows School. Although I was not a very good printmaker, Larry helped me find my “voice” in the medium. He was encouraging, insightful, generous, and ever witty. His legacy to the many students he mentored will live on in the art they make.
Our deepest condolences to the family he cherished.

Shelley Berg says:

Dear Carole and Scholer family- For more than 25 years, Larry was a much valued colleague, friend, and mentor for me at SMU. I sought his advice and counsel, laughed at his often a acerbic wit and admired his artistry as both a teacher and as a thoughtful and original creator of art. He will be much missed and long remembered.

Kimberly Harry says:

I am very sad that Larry is gone and want to extend my sympathies to Carol and her family. Larry was a friend and mentor to so many people over the years. I was one in a long line with Mac and Larry steering me through the SMU world of art as my committee and instructors. I wish I could tell Larry that I have started making woodcuts again and that I wanted to take all his classes.

Paula Doty says:

Larry was one of the kindest and most considerate people I’ve ever known. He was a teacher with vision and knew how to bring out the best in every student. RIP, Larry.Your memory will always be a blessing.

Dan Rizzie says:

I met Larry 1973 as I entered graduate school at SMU. Larry was both a teacher and friend to me. He introduced me to printmaking and continued to support me as a printmaker and artist throughout my career and his life. In short Larry had a tremendous positive effect on my from the beginning. Like so many of Larry’s students I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have Larry as a teacher and a friend. I know I am not alone when I say he will be missed. I also want to send my warmest wishes and heartfelt feelings to Carole Scholder. Thank you Larry. Dan Rizzie

Jane Corbellini says:

What a wonderful human being we will all miss. Larry welcomed me into the world of printmaking at SMU and inspired me to pursue teaching. My students love when we print! I will always be grateful for his kindness and honesty.

Wanda Henry says:

Larry became more than my professor; he became a friend. I will miss seeing him in yoga class.
My heart goes out to Carole and my prayers are with the entire family.

Pamela Elliott Smith says:

Wishing you all peace. So sad to hear of larry’s passing. He was a lovely man, witty and smart. I will miss our talks.

Bill Frazier says:

Larry was a quiet force within the art department. He was funny, smart and knew his craft which he willingly shared with students. Later, when I returned for graduate school, he served on my committee where his contributions were welcomed. He cared about students – but also maintained his own studio practice. I’ve never forgotten his humor or his professionalism. His impact continues with the artists he nurtured. Thanks, Larry. You did your best.

Christie Black says:

Godspeed Larry….You were a wonderful teacher. I will always be grateful for your kindness,wit,wisdom and patience. May God comfort your family and those who mourn your passing.

carlos Landa says:

Larry was a Great Man! – not a day goes by without thinking of Him and His teaching and how much he loved his work.
God Bless the Scholder Family

Requiesce in pace
querido maestro

Heather Ryan Kelley says:

I am so grateful for Larry’s mentorship and encouragement to me while I was his student. His wise words always with me.

Dianne Schlies says:

I just heard of Larry’s death. I was involved in SMU’s studio art program at an incredible time. Larry was the chair then. Later, when I was a graduate student, Larry was a very valuable committee member; and he was the one who gave me the same studio once occupied by John Alexander and David Bates, the best studio in the building. As Dan Wingren said: Larry was the least provincial of all the teachers. His frank critiques of my work leading to my graduate show are still vivid. I have many fond memories of Larry, a great artist and teacher.

T says:

Larry, Thank you, for the conversation and later the Artworks that taught me to think differently.

At my Mother’s MFA show I was a fish out of water with Artists—I was studying Astronomy.
You started a conversation with me. “Which is more important? Art or Science?”

I chose Science, you chose Art. It was a light discussion at first, but delved into the serious and became animated.

Weeks later you sent me two Artworks—“The Error of Reason” and “The Error of Reason II”.
I thought you might be jabbing me on my logic.

Time passed, I studied your works. One day I understood what you were saying. The world looked different to me then.

Years passed and I experienced a great loss of 4 loved ones in a short span. I turned to Science to comfort me: Matter neither created nor destroyed. That failed to comfort my soul. I turned to your works for help. I turned to Art to find solace and I found it there.

Years later, I lost the most precious of all, my young child. I again turned to Science with the most painful of needs, and found solace only in Art.

I’m old now and hope this story of your one time kindness and guidance does not die with me.
Sometimes opening a window on life and meaning happens right here on Earth.

I hope someday that your works here will end up in an Astronomy Department hallway where stressed and lonely students in their struggles to understand life will see your art messages, take a breath, and feel the world through a different lens.


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