Frederick Cressman — pathologist at Audubon Hospital, dedicated Presbyterian and, along with his wife of 38 years, founder of Cressman Center for Visual Arts — passed away on Sunday. From The C-J:
[Cressman] died Sunday at Kindred Hospital of pulmonary failure, his wife, Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, said.
A $10 million gift from the couple — just announced in December — is one of the largest ever received by Speed Art Museum. The money will be used to create an outdoor piazza and sculpture garden behind the museum which will bear the Cressmans’ name.
The couple also gave $1 million to the University of Louisville in 2006 to found the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, a satellite art studio for glass and sculpture at First and Main streets downtown.
In the converted first floor of a parking garage owned by the city, the Cressman Center has a hot-glass studio visible through street-level windows to passers-by, enabling them to watch art students at work inside.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM this Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church with burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be submitted to the the church’s library.