Lori Lebeau-Walsh, a former lecturer in the art department and a Cal Poly Pomona alumna (’92, art), died Aug. 19. She was 65.
Lebeau-Walsh taught part-time at the university on and off from 2000 to 2009. When art Professor Emeritus Babette Mayor started teaching at Cal Poly Pomona in 1990, Lebeau-Walsh was one of her first students. The pair were close in age and had sons born on the same day, Mayor said.
“Lori had worked in the field before she went to Cal Poly Pomona, but yearned for more and went back as an adult to finish her degree,” she said. “This was in the early days of computer use and technology was fledgling for sure, but her design solutions were always creative and technically very innovative.”
Mayor describes Lebeau-Walsh as a “conscientious student” who generously used her expertise to help her fellow students.
Lebeau-Walsh worked at a few design studios after graduating and later established LLW Studio, a successful graphic design business where she continued illustrating and designing fonts.
She also started teaching part-time.
“Because she had so much experience working in the field she taught our very technical graphic media and production class. She also taught graphic design I,” Mayor said. “As I remember, she received high evaluation marks from her students.”