Imre Molnar has passed away

Automotive Design 7 Jan 2013
Imre Molnar has passed away

Design educator and College for Creative Studies provost Imre Molnar has passed away on December 28, 2012.


The College for Creative Studies has announced the passing of Imre Molnar, who died on December 28, 2012 of a heart attack while bicycling in California.

Imre MolnarHe was named Dean of the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in September 2001.

In the past days Molnar has been remembered by many designers and friends. Among them is our friend Luciano Bove, who has written a dedicated post“I remember the strong vitality and energy in Imre’s eyes, a man full of passion and sporty hobbies, a design lover and a design philosopher. Loved by his students and school community.”

As the CCS news reported, “Molnar served as the CCS chief academic officer for eleven years, first as Dean of the College and more recently as Provost.”

“He oversaw the College’s faculty, curriculum, and academic resources. He led the development of new degree and educational programs and was vital in the creation of the College’s first Master of Fine Arts programs.

“In addition, Molnar’s experience and relationships with the global automotive industry gave him unique insights into the evolving world of automotive design and helped propel CCS’s Transportation Design degree programs to a world leadership position. He was an admired figure in the design community and a frequent speaker at design conferences and universities around the world.”

The College of Creative Studies will host a memorial service for Imre Molnar on Sunday, January 20th, at 3:00 pm, at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.

Molnar is survived by his wife Felicia, and children Isabelle and Max.

Below we report a recent video where he speaks about Chinese automotive design, CCS president’s statement and a short biography.

CCS President Statement

Richard L. Rogers, President of the College for Creative Studies, commented: “Imre Molnar has been a remarkable leader whose accomplishments in his eleven years at the College are huge. For me, it was a personal privilege and pleasure to have worked so closely with him. I admired his values, his intelligence, his talent, his determination, and his passionate devotion to his family and the College. He leaves a great void, and we will miss him terribly. Let us go forward in reflection on his many contributions to CCS and the Detroit community and in sympathy with his wife Felicia and children Isabelle and Max.”

About Imre Molnar

Born in Hungary and raised in Australia, Imre Molnar earned a Bachelors degree from the National Art School in Sydney, Australia and Masters degree from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.

He served as Design Director for Patagonia, the outdoor clothing manufacturer, as Director of Operations at the design consulting firm Hauser Inc.

He also had a long association with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, as faculty member and administrator, including service as Director of Education at the school’s campus in Vevey, Switzerland.

(Source: CCS, Luciano Bove)

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