To Look Down on Eagles (audio only)

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Century Club Awardee. This recording was digitized from a cassette tape in 2018. The University Archives removed tape hiss and crowd noise at end.

Fred B. Brian (February 22, 1924 - October 11, 1999) was an Illinois Wesleyan University student when he joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1943. Following the war, Brian completed a BFA degree at Illinois Wesleyan in 1950. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa in 1951, and became an assistant professor at Illinois Wesleyan in 1952. He received the University’s highest teaching award in 1979, and he retired in 1984.

Following his retirement, Brian gave the University Librarian the letters Brian had written to his parents while on active duty during World War II. It was Professor Brian’s wish to make these letters available to researchers after his death. They are available in print in the archives and online.


Brian briefly relates his early educational and military experiences and describes in more detail how he became an artist and his influences.His remarks include he developed the character Willy Burmeister, a frequent subject in his art, and that he used it with the first hand press creation on IWU's Blackstock Press, a fine printing press program Brian developed.

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