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Wendy Erickson

Les Stroebel, passes away at 92

December 10, 2012

Sorry to have to share some sad news with you:

Leslie Stroebel, known as Professor Stroebel to some and “Dimples” to his family, passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on November 14, 2012. Born on March 11, 1920, he went from seeing the President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, waving to him on horseback at age 7, to embracing the digital age and using his computer to write books, stay in e-mail contact and Skype across the country with his two great-grandchildren. He had a long and wonderful life, witnessing change and advancements. Captain Stroebel was a veteran of World War II – a “Geodet” in the Air Force Photo Cadet program sent to map points in such diverse locations as Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Kenya, with exciting stories to tell about each. A well-liked and respected Professor Emeritus of Photography who taught countless students during his 44 years at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Dr. Stroebel wrote and co-authored photography reference books and texts used to teach generations of photographers. As one former student put it, “An icon of large format photography, he had a large format heart.”In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of your choice or to the RIT Hollis Todd Scholarship Fund, https://www.rit.edu/development/giving/telefundgiving.php in his honor.