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In Memoriam

Eric Schleef

16 December 1942 - 28 January 2009

Eric was an avid and active supporter of the ASAI, a Board member for a few years, and was always thrilled to have his work accepted into the shows. I was taken with his quiet, confident demeanor when I first met him some 20 years ago; he was always a pleasure to talk with, at our many conferences in various cities, about his drawing work and creative interests. 
I was recently at the Art Institute of Indy for the ASAI exhibit, and we had a wonderful time during that Fall visit - which seems like only yesterday - and I enjoyed re-connecting with Eric, sharing a sumptious dinner with other friends at the AI, a historic tour and laugh-filled lunch in Zionsville, and having a long, pleasant conversation as he drove me back to the airport. 

There was much depth to this multi-talented man, which surfaced in response to a reciprocal kindness, and was always willingly shared. His gentle manner drew my greatest respect and abiding friendship. I extend my deepest regrets to his wife and family at this most difficult time. I will say quiet prayers for Eric too.

Frank M Costantino, Co-Founder American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI)

This picture was taken after the opening of AIP 23, hosted by Madeleine Slutsky's Art Instuitute in Indianapolis, this past October. Behind Eric is Connie & Helmut Keintz (who are from IND also) Madeleine, and the head chef for her cooking school and Frank Costantino.

Dear ASAI Members

Since I have known the news of the passing of Mr. Eric Schleef , I am very grieved over his sudden passing.

We never forget and deeply appreciation for his cooperation with JARA during his lifetime.

I wish I could make a call of condolence to his hometown, but if I may excuse that I'd like to offer heartfelt condolence to Mr. Eric Schleef just for now on this message.

I pray his soul may rest in peace.

Thank you so much.

Yumi Sakaida
President of Japan Architectural Renderers Association

Eric has been a stalwart colleague, a dear friend and artistic inspiration to many of us at ASAI for almost 20 years. His gentle and gentlemanly manner endeared him to one and all, and most
recently he had been enthusiastically embraced as mentor and teacher by Interior Design students at A.I.Indianapolis who he taught sketching and rendering. They will miss him greatly.

Rael Slutsky
ASAI President Emeritus

The Indianapolis Star
Eric Schleef
FEBRUARY 1, 2009

Eric Schleef 66, was called home to be with the Lord on January 28, 2009. Eric was born in Lock port, New York in Decem ber 16, 1942 to Albert and Edith Schleef. He was self-employed, owning and operating Eric Schleef Illustration and Design, specializing in Architectural drawings. Eric was a marathon runner, Butler basketball fan, and avid reader. Eric was a member of Divine Savior Lutheran Church where he served as an Elder. He is survived by his wife Sandy; children Debra (David) Rhodes, Martha (Ron) Eiland, David (Tristan) Schleef, and Margret Schleef; five grandchildren; two brothers and one sister; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation is today from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a Celebration of Lifeheld at Divine Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb 1st at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor James Schulz officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Savior Lutheran Church.

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