I used one of my favorite quotes as the basis for the journal page below. As I looked through my archive of photos, this one of my father in his early 20’s caught my attention. I then started adding cartographic elements as my theme took shape. Through this process I began to realize how my father is my “north arrow” in terms of integrity. He lived his life according to his values. He accomplished many things during his lifetime including serving during WWII teaching meteorology to pilots; earning his Ph.D in Education from Harvard, working as the first Registrar of the Air Force Academy, and, after his retirement from the Air Force in 1965, working for Education Testing Service for 8 years. But, I really believe that it was his strong character and moral judgement that people remember of him. He was a man one could count on and trust.
This art journal page is for my dad, Col. Virgil John O’Connor, Ph.D, born June 30, 1915, died, December 15, 1993. I miss him very much.