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Professor Stephen Thomas Rascoe, 1924 - 2008


Stephen Thomas Rascoe, 84, an artist, retired fine art professor and gentleman, died Monday, June 16, 2008. Mr. Rascoe's wish was to participate in the Willed Body Program for medical research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Memorials: American Heart Association. Stephen Thomas Rascoe was born May 8, 1924, in Uvalde, son of the late William Marion Rascoe and Jane Grace Johnston Rascoe. He grew up in Corpus Christi. He was a student at the University of Texas at Austin before serving in the United States Army Air Force from 1942-1946. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in 1948 and his Masater of Arts degree in painting in 1951, both from the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon returning to Texas, Mr. Rascoe worked as a draftsman before accepting a position at the University of Texas at Arlington as a fine art professor in 1964 and continued in this role until his retirement in 1990. Through his work at UTA, Mr. Rascoe was able to inspire and encourage a whole new generation of Texas artists. During his distinguished career, Stephen Rascoe won many prestigious art awards.

His paintings are included in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Art, Art Museum of South Texas, Texas A&M University Museum, Arlington Museum of Art, University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University, Texas Fine Arts Association Laguna Gloria Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin and numerous private collections.

Stephen was most recently represented by Paula Kornye Tillman of Fort Worth.
Stephen Rascoe was predeceased by his father, mother and two brothers.
Survivors: Wife of 56 years, Barbara Rascoe; children, Paul Rascoe and Stephanie Rascoe Myers and her husband, Scott; grandchildren, Sarah, Max, Paul, Bill, Emily and Benny; cousin, Rosemary Fahey; sister-in-law, Anne and her husband, Bob Black; and brother-in-law, Byron Butler.