John Dirks was born in Fond du Lac, WI on March 13, 1914. Dirks settled in San Diego in 1921. An avid model builder as a youth, he developed skills which later were useful in his sculpture and crafts work. After graduating from San Diego College, he taught crafts in San Diego high schools, and in 1960 obtained a master's degree from Claremont Graduate School. He lived in La Mesa, CA until his death on Dec. 25, 2008.
Member: San Diego Art Guild.
In: San Diego Historical Society; Vista Regional Center (11-ft. teakwood Tree of Justice).
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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