Joseph Murray Quinn
January 22, 1930 - December 29, 2018
Joseph Murray Quinn passed away at his Independence residence on December 29, 2018 at the age of 88. He was born January 22, 1930, Baton Rouge, LA to Issac Odom Quinn and Charlotte Dorsey of Bogalusa, LA. Since age 3 he was raised in Long Beach, CA by his grandparents, Charlotte and Mayrant Dorsey, also formerly of Bogalusa, LA. He graduated from Woodard Wilson High School, and attended Long Beach City College. In Southern California he was an ardent swimmer and surfer, an active Boy Scout and cyclist.
Quinn served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Japan and on an aircraft carrier with the Attack Squadron 125. Following the Navy, he worked under civilian contract in the Marshall Islands, South Pacific.
His undergraduate work was at Mexico City College ( now, the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla), where he received is B.A. in Art, minor in archaeology, in 1959. During his three and half years in Mexico, he lived in a small village, (Cuajimalpa) in the mountains above Mexico City.
Quinn lived in Spokane, WA from 1960 to 1968 before attending Washington State University. He received his Master's Degree from the School of Speech and Communications, Department of Theatre, WSU, Pullman, WA in 1970.
Much of Quinn's career has been in art, primarily theatre. He taught Theatre Arts at O.S.U and the University of Portland, and summer workshops at Spokane Community College and Holly Names Academy. He has designed stage scenery for, amoung many others, Gonzaga University, the Seattle Opera Association, and lighting for the Portland Opera Association, and scenery for the State Ballet of Oregon. He served as Designer and Technical Director for the Spokane Concert Ballet Productions.
Quinn was the founding-director for the Oakland Gaslight Players, Inc., the Umpqua Valley Community Theatre (UACT), Inc. (Roseburg, OR), founder and Artistic Director of Northwest Arena Theatre, Inc. (later becoming the NW Actors Theatre, Inc., (Spokane, WA). He served as Trustee with the Theatre Northwest, Inc., (a University of Washington playwriting group), and on the Douglas County Planning Committee (Oregon) for the STate-wide Exp '86 booth in Vancover, B.C. He was co-owner of the Oakland Studio of Ballet, and he was sponsored and toured 14 out-of-state ballet companies into Oregon.
Quinn, along with a co-worker, surveyed the historical homes in Oakland, OR, resulting in this town being designated as the first Historical District in Oregon.
Throughout his career, Quinn's artistic endeavors included painting, working in oils, acrylics, and watercolor and silk screening and woodcarving (baroque scrolls style).
Quinn is survived by his daughter, Tami Fox, two grandchildren, Kasey and Krystal, one great-grandson, Camden, and his loving companion of thirty years, Sheila T. Nelson.