| Freeman E. Fassel is primarily known as Truman Edmund Fassett
|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|The following biography was submitted by Dr. Melissa Fein, June
2004. The source is the obituary of the artist. Date is
Fassett was born May 9, 1885 in Elmira N.Y., the son of the Hon. and
Mrs. Jacob Sloat Fassett. His mother was the former Jennie L. Crocker
of Sacramento, California, daughter of Judge Edwin B. Crocker.
painting career continued from the age of seven throughout his life.
Graduated from Cornell University in 1909, subsequently he pursued his
art education at the New York Art Students League, the Boston Museum
School, and in Paris, France, where he studied with Lucien Simon and
Richard Miller, and exhibited works at the Paris Salon in 1913.
World War I he served in the United States Navy. In 1929 he settled
with his family in Sarasota, FL. He became active in the practice
and promotion of the arts. His interests were not confined to
painting. He was a president of the Art Association during its
early years and presided over the first meeting, which founded the
Players of Sarasota, and contributed his gifts as singer and actor to a
number of their early performances. He and Mrs. Cecelia
Bostlemann Fassett were instrumental in organizing and supporting the
Sarasota Symphony Association. This led to the organization by
others of the Florida West Coast Symphony.
During the pioneer
days of aviation, Truman Fassett became an enthusiastic aviator and
promoter of the first Sarasota Airport. During World War II he
contributed two years to war work in Sarasota when he was appointed to
direct work in Soldier Recreation and in the Red Cross Camp and
Hospital, as well as serving as head of City and County Welfare.
For many years Mr. Fassett was a summer resident of West Falmouth, MA.
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