Lannea Melzian: Industrial Abstract
Colorful abstract by Lannea Melzian. Art 18 x 24, framed 26.5 x 33.
Lannea Melzian (1916-2016) was born on March 2, 1916 in Worthington, MN to Perle Monroe and Esther (Dirks) Spink, but was brought up in Fairbault, MN. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and later Louisiana State University, where she received a BA and did graduate studies. On November 26, 1937 she married Aldon Lester Melzian in Fairbault, and lived for a time in Baton Rouge, LA. In 1940 they moved to California where her husband “Mel” Melzian worked in the aerospace industry, including the Cal Tech rocket program during World War II. They lived the rest of their lives in the San Gabriel Valley area.
Throughout her life Lannea was a well-known local artist, active in the Creative Arts Group of Sierra Madre, teaching elementary school, and working as a decorator at Hinshaw’s Department Store. She was a long-time member and was active in AAUW (American Association of University Women) and Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia. In 2009 she assisted Thomas S. Fiske in writing Ploughshares into Swords: How Civilians and Caltech Helped Win WWII. (From obituary in San Gabriel Valley Tribune)