The KHS Class of '64

David Gordon Karel
David Karel, Professor of Art History at Laval University, Quebec, Canada and author of many important works on the history of painting in Quebec
passed away on August 26, 2007 at the age of 62.

Born in North Carolina on November 4, 1944, David lived in Kirksville from 1948 until 1966. A 1962 graduate of Kirksville High School, he received both BS and MS in Music, with an emphasis in clarinet, finishing in 1966 from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College.  He was awarded a Ph.D in Art History at the University of Chicago in 1974 and since then has been a
professor at Laval University.

David Karel explored the field of art in Quebec.  In 1986 he compiled the catalogue of paintings by Horatio Walker that was exhibited at the Museum of Quebec.  He wrote the monumental "Dictionary of the Artists of French Language in North America: Painters, Sculptors, Draughtsmen, Engravers, Photographers and Goldsmiths," a reference document published in 1992.  In addition he wrote "André Biéler or the shock of the cultures" and "Edmond-J. Massicotte, illustrator."  In 1991 he wrote "The Collection of Maurice Duplessis," the catalogue of the collection of the former Prime Minister of Quebec.  In 2006 David Karel was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

He was an avid cyclist and cross country skier.  In the summer he and his beloved wife, Nicole, would share week-long cycling vacations in the Quebec
country side.  In addition he was regarded by his cross-country skiing friends as an expert in selecting and applying ski wax.

He was the son of Leon Karel, Professor of Music at Truman State University, and Nan Karel, a well known piano teacher in the Kirksville area.  He is survived by his wife, Nicole Deshaies, his two sisters, Laura Karel George of Montclair, NJ and Amy Nelson, of Yucaipa, California.  A memorial service took place September 2, in Quebec.






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