01-13-2008, 01:00 PM
<div>Hello everyone, this is Burt's daughter, Kathy. Thank you for your lovely messages. It's truly comforting hearing about the bond between my father and his readers. He took great joy in being the sage Kind Old Uncle Burt to people from Brazil to Papua New Guinea to Bangladesh. I like knowing about his network of enthusiasts around the world, a network of people who value honesty, intelligence, art, kindness, and sparkle, a combination of qualities I think of as Burtness. Blessings on you all. </div>
01-14-2008, 11:48 AM
<div> </div><div>Dear Kathy,</div><div> </div><div>I'm very sorry that I haven't met you. Burt was 6 years older than I and we met at your grandfather, Victor's studio. Victor was a mentor to me when I was a medical photographer at the St. Albans USN Hospital. I met Victor through his cousin, Mort Russin, a fellow medical photographer. In 1955 I was introduced to your dad and we had a casual friendship throughout our lives together. I lived and worked in "the city" a couple of times and the photographers in that period of the 50's and 60's were the absolute "Golden Age" of professional photography. </div><div> </div><div>After 9 years in the navy and Brooks graduation I worked in motion picture production and later, photo/optical manufacturing and distribution. Because Burt was our most trusted reporter, we shared all information with him, but he never revealed anything until it was time. With Burt, I came to know all the contributors to Modern and Pop and for 30 years I wrote primarily for TR, PLM, as well as several other magazines myself. Those of us who were contributors to photo, optical, and astronomy magazines had a brotherhood which many years later we would call "networking". </div><div> </div><div>In the last couple of years, Burt has had a "fragile" look about him and I have been very worried that we would lose him. Last week, sadly, that happened. I'll turn 77 in 2 months with over 60 years in professional photography experience (full time teaching in the profession for the last nearly 17 years, and of course, still shooting) and I almost hate to get news letters because I'll find that I have lost another of my brethren. So far I have beaten back heart attack, stroke, legionaires, and sarcoma so that I can train working photographers. Among other things, I teach History of Photography with a bias toward the professional and two of my lecture subjects are Victor and Burt Keppler, especiall Burt since I have known him as a friend and collegue for well over a half century.</div><div> </div><div>To you, Kathy, and your family and friends, I send my sympathies and regrets, for your loss, my loss, and the loss of the thousands of respected fans who will miss this wonderful friend , collegue, and just plain "good guy".</div><div> </div><div>Lynn</div><div> </div><div>Prof. H. Lynn Jones</div><div><a target="_blank" href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a></div><div> </div><div> </div><div> </div>
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