Retired OCC Art Professor Victor Casados passed away on Aug. 3 at his home in Costa Mesa. He was 86.
Casados taught at Coast for 40 years, beginning his tenure in 1967 and retiring in 2007. During his time at OCC, he taught life drawing and figurative painting, and served as Art Department chair for a number of years. After retirement, he moved to Costa Rica where he focused on painting. He returned to Costa Mesa some years ago, and was an active participant in his local community, particularly at his church, St. John the Baptist.
"Victor was passionate about his faith, art, NotreDame and Mater Dei High School sports, and teaching," wrote his former office mate of 30 years Larry Brane in a tribute on Facebook. "He was an exquisite and prolific draughtsman; I can’t think of a time he didn’t have a sketchbook with him. Occasionally, we still encounter his previous OCC students who affirm his talent to draw and teach the human form."
Current Art Department Chair Roger Whitridge also remembers Casado's passion for art, and dedication to students. "I remember Victor as a kind, compassionate person with strong moral, ethical, and religious values. He was always generous with his support for colleagues and students, and we enjoyed many hours of topical art conversations over the years," Whitridge says. "He was a talented artist, teacher and Department Chair, as well as a strong advocate of our Study Abroad Program. In retirement he often commented on how much he missed being at OCC. He was very popular with the students and for the years that he taught, our students greatly benefited from his instruction."
Casados is survived by his son, Carlos, and daughter, Delores.
Retired OCC Director of Community Relations and "Mr. OCC" Jim Carnett wrote about Casados' early life, accomplishments, and time at OCC in 2007. To read the article - including how Casados once deciphered a previously unknown scribble in an original drawing by Michelangelo - visit OCC's archives.