James Heugh, formerly of Pinehurst, died Sunday, May 29, 2011.
The son of James Heugh Sr. and Cora Weckman, James was born and lived his early life in Philadelphia, and lived in nearby Downingtown, in Chester County, until retiring to Pinehurst in 1979. He moved to the Midwest two years ago to be near his daughter.
James was a lifelong award-winning artist. He won a scholarship from the Philadelphia Board of Education to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He studied in Europe in 1936 after receiving a Cresson Traveling Fellowship. He married Frances Cowan, who was also a Cresson-winning artist.
In 1958 the Philadelphia Art Director’s Show recognized James’ skill with the Gold Medal award for a speeding locomotive illustration. His space exploration scenes and book illustrations represent the best of his technical skill, personal pride and imagination.
During World War II he served in the U. S. Army designing graphic work and camouflage.
In retirement in Pinehurst, he concentrated on figurative and wildlife sculpture. He won several prizes, including first place in both painting and sculpture categories in regional exhibitions. For pleasure he was an avid gardener and enjoyed golf and tennis with his wife, neighbors and many friends.
He is survived by his son, J. Alan Heugh; and daughter, Nancy Heugh Edmondson.
Online condolences may be made at www.porterfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Porter Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lenexa, Kan.