In Memoriam: Bud Stoddard
The staff and friends of BYU Museum of Art mourn the passing of Stanford C. (“Bud”) Stoddard on February 26, 2017.
In 1993, Bud Stoddard stepped forward as one of the 25 visionary supporters that helped establish the BYU Museum of Art. Over the years, Bud has donated 35 works to the museum, including William Tweed’s marble sculpture Abraham Dismissing Hagar and Ishmael, James Pyne’s idyllic View of the Wye Valley, and Jesus and the Woman at the Well, a stained glass window obtained prior to the demolition of a Presbyterian church in New York City. The stained glass work is currently installed as a focal piece in the exhibition To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and Devotion.
MOA director Mark Magleby stated, “We will sorely miss the companionship of Bud Stoddard, who loved and lived the restored gospel, and as a consequence, sought out great art that witnesses of the Savior’s mission. He will long be remembered by our audiences through his legacy of inspiring masterworks depicting events from the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of the ministry of Jesus Christ.”
Bud was born on December 28, 1930, and his early years were spent in Salt Lake City and Michigan. He graduated in 1952 from the University of Michigan with a degree in business. Bud served his country during the Korean conflict with the United States Army. He married Ann Hagemeir Dietrich on June 28, 1958 in Lansing, Michigan. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Manti, Utah Temple. Bud and Ann were the parents of three children: Elizabeth, Standford (“Buddy”), and Simeon. Ann passed away in 2001. Bud married Dixie Schoenhals of Salt Lake City in 2005. Throughout his life, he remained active in civic and philanthropic endeavors, countless charities, and served for many years in the Chicago, Toronto, and Detroit LDS temples.