LSU Community Mourns the Passing of Alumni Professor Mark Zucker


The LSU College of Art + Design is deeply saddened to report that J. Franklin Bayhi Alumni Professor of Art History Mark Zucker passed away suddenly at approximately 8 p.m. local time on Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Innsbruck, Austria.

A legendary figure in the School of Art, Zucker was a specialist in Renaissance art and contributed seven volumes on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian engraving to The Illustrated Bartsch, a definitive series of scholarly reference books on Old Master prints. He also published on various aspects of Renaissance art in leading international journals and had been working on relationships between Italian Renaissance art and literature.

The comments of his students and peers are a testament to Mark Zucker’s character and dedication, describing him as a professor who enjoyed teaching and truly cared about his students, their welfare, and their education. He was admired and beloved by former students, faculty colleagues, and all who knew him.

Professor Zucker is survived by his wife Kathleen, two step-children, and four step-grandchildren.

There was a private family interment at Lakelawn Cemetery in New Orleans on Monday, August 12.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the LSU Foundation, Mark Zucker Memorial Scholarship c/o Julie LeFebvre, College of Art + Design, 102 Design Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 or online at the LSU Foundation website.
Tom Neff has forwarded a note from Mark’s small but loving and supportive Zucker family who grieve his loss profoundly. His cousin, Alan Zucker and Jo Ann Zucker of Tomkins Cove, New York, and their daughters, Nancy Zucker Breen of Stony Point, New York, and Susan Gail Zucker of Tampa, Florida, have been a part of Mark’s life and he theirs. While we may not know them directly at this distance, please include them in your thoughts and reflections.
And we must also include Kathleen’s children and grandchildren as well as Mark’s “other” family, the faculty and administration of the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School—especially Alea Morelock Cot in New Orleans, Irene Ziegler, the program director of the Innsbruck Summer School, and Robert Dupont.
A Facebook Page was created in honor of Mark Zucker for those who are far away to leave their comments, stories, and reflections.