Alice Koeth has passedaway peacefully.
Alice Koeth was born in Manhattan on December 2, 1927. She lived with her parents and siblings at the family residence in Staten Island until moving on her own to Manhattan in the 1950s. Going back and forth on the Staten Island Ferry remained (along with traveling on the Third Avenue El ) the constant rhythm of her young years. She attended Washington Irving High School, at that time a vocational school for girls; it took her two hours each way.
Before becoming a freelance calligrapher, Alice worked in cabinetry, cutting by hand intricate inlays of wood veneers for tabletops and cabinet doors in the shop of Andrew Szoeke, who also did design work and lettering for advertisements for Saks Fifth Avenue. Later she worked in production at Pocket Books. “I did a lot of different things, not only lettering. I did book jacket design, interior book design, and some illustration. If it needed a drawing, I made a drawing. If it needed a photo, I took the photo. If it needed layout and type, I did that – it was the whole package.”
Starting in 1953 she began a long period of freelance work. In 1969 she worked for several months as a layout person at the John Stevens Shop in Newport, Rhode Island. For more than three decades, starting in 1967, she designed and wrote the highly praised signs for the Morgan Library. Many of us would spend a good deal of time outside the museum, staring at Alice’s posters, before going inside to see the exhibition. Sometimes I spent more time looking at Alice’s posters outside than viewing the exhibitions inside!.
She is survived buy her family members.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dear founding member, teacher, and friend, Alice Koeth (1927–2020).
To honor this legendary calligrapher and one of NYC’s very own, we've made a tribute page and invite you to send us your memories.https://t.co/rjHjavPSRK
— Society of Scribes (@ScribesNYC) October 12, 2020
Cause of Death
His cause of death is still unknown at the moment, we will update you as soon as we have the full details about his death.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. Memorial donations may be made in Alice’s name through the GoFundme page.
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