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Robert Curtis Wilson, 70, an artist who taught on the design faculty at Buffalo State College for many years, died Oct. 9, 1996, in his Gulfport, Miss., home after a brief illness.

Wilson was born in Sullivan, Ind., but spent most of his adult life in California. He studied there and in Spain as a commercial artist before going into education.

He taught at Pierce College in Los Angeles and at Buffalo State College from 1964 until his retirement in 1985.

He moved to the Gulf Coast in 1992, where he continued to paint and to write and illustrate children's books.

He wrote numerous magazine articles and served as science editor for Mankind magazine. His books include "An Alphabet of Visual Experience," "The Artist's Studio Book of Materials and Techniques" and "The Role of the Crafts in Education".

He was best known as a painter and won several awards in drawing and painting.

He exhibited in many prestigious shows, had 12 one-man shows, had works in many private and public collections and was listed in the International Bibliographic Files of Venice, Italy, and Who's Who in Art and Antiques.

A collection of his last paintings, depicting the Mississippi coastal area, has been donated to the Gulfport Public Library.

Survivors include his former wife, Marilyn Wilson of Grand Island.

A memorial service was held in Gulfport. Burial was in National Cemetery, Biloxi, Miss.

A memorial gathering will be scheduled for friends and family in the Buffalo area.[chrstn]

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