April 16, 1950-December 6, 2018
…I don’t think that I chose photography as much as it chose me. I was bitten by it and couldn’t resist. So I kept a camera with me all the time.
At Hudson’s Bay High School for more than a decade, “Mr. Byrd” taught what he lived. He always set the stage for his students to succeed in art and life. A former student wrote about Mr. Byrd’s generosity:
High school was a tough time for me and I don’t think I would have gotten through without him. His heart was so big, and he was always willing to work with me after school on photo projects because I was curious and he was so eager to teach. We kept in touch while I was in undergrad and he was always so kind to send me links to scholarships. He taught me so much during the two years I was at Hudson’s Bay.
The Bob Byrd Memorial Fund will support new opportunities for students to express their creativity through photography.
Make an online donation using the link on this page or mail your gift to:
Bob Byrd Memorial Fund
c/o Foundation for VPS
PO Box 6039
Vancouver, WA 98668
Bob Byrd, Untitled (diamond ring effect, total solar eclipse, August 2017)
Gayle James photographed Bob Byrd with his camera ready to capture images of the 2017 total solar eclipse, Madras, Oregon
The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is an independent, 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation established in 1988 to support Vancouver Public Schools (VPS).
We work to create opportunities to cultivate and inspire student success so that all students are prepared, confident and excited to learn.