Edward Mattil

Edward Mattil, 99, Professor Emeritus and former chair of the art department who helped establish the Texas Fashion Collection, died Dec. 19. He began his career as an art teacher in public schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania after earning his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Penn State and serving in the U.S. Army. He then taught at Penn State, where he served as president of the National Art Education Association and helped develop one of the first children’s TV art programs. He received the National Gallery of Art’s Distinguished Service Medal for Leadership in Art Education and appeared before Congress to testify for the National Arts and Humanities Bill. He then served as dean of fine arts at St. Cloud State University before coming to North Texas, where he taught from 1971 to 1985. As the art department chair, he helped bring the collections of the Dallas Museum of Fashion to campus as the Texas Fashion Collection in 1972, and later established the Industrial Training Laboratory, which he served as director. He was a member of the President’s Council and the 1890 Society for his commitments to The Edward and Betty Mattil Scholarship and the Betty Marzan Mattil Scholarship. He returned to his hometown of State College, Pa., in 1989, where he was an active volunteer and avid art collector. He asked that those wishing to honor his memory perform an act of kindness.


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