In 1964, a young, enthusiastic artist named Todd Boppel began his teaching career at UW-Stout. Todd died in 2000, a year after retiring from 36 years as an artist/professor at Stout. As is so often the case, the enormouscontribution he gave to his students, the Department of Art & Design, and all of his friends and colleagues ultimately hit home. Todd was the philosophic and practical bedrock upon which much of our unique department was built. He insisted that all Art & Design students be instructed in art fundamentals by working studio artists. He also encouraged foreign exchanges between faculty and students as an important, horizon-expanding experience.
Todd A. Boppel was born Feb. 12, 1934, in Milwaukee to Alfred and Cora (Ohl) Boppel. After graduating from the University of Milwaukee with a B.A. in art, he married Joan A. Kissel on Aug. 20, 1955. He was inducted into the Army in 1956 and was stationed at Fort Hancock, N.J., until 1958.
After the service, he went back to the University of Milwaukee and received his M.A. He continued his education at the University of Southern California and received a M.F.A.
After graduation, he taught art at a junior high in Racine, Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham, England, and Northeast London Polytechnic in London, England. For the last 36 years he was an art professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, retiring in 1998. Todd was a dedicated teacher and artist and this past summer he had three art exhibits on display in the Twin Cities.
Todd died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000 at the age 66 at his home in Menomonie.