In Memory of Jack Stauffacher

Jack Stauffacher, a self-taught printer, typographer and fine book publisher passed on November 16th at his home in Tiburon, CA. Stauffacher was born in San Francisco and spent his life dedicated to the craft of printing. He established Greenwood Press which he ran for the majority of his career. Stauffacher was also a professor, teaching at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Stauffacher, an AIGA medalist in 2004, has several compositions in the permanent collections of the SFMOMA, LACMA, as well as the the Stanford University Library. His work and life is documented in the book A Typographic Journey / The History of the Greenwood Press published by the Book Club of California. His work was influenced by Giovanni Mardersteig and Alberto Tallone from his years spent studying in Florence and reflected a blend of classical Italian traditions and fresh innovation.

Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA was quoted in SF Gate on behalf of Jack's life saying, “Jack will be remembered by his passion for the written word and the ability for type to contribute to the emotive quality of text."