Art Elwing

Photographer Art Elwing, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 16 at his home in San Carlos. He was a photographer for the Chicago Times when he was drafted in the army for W.W.II. Art was SFBAPPA's Retirement Chairman and was the official photographer for the SFBAPPA Awards Banquets. The war pulled Elwing from the career as a photojournalist he had pursued since the age of 13. Elwing left his own photography business and night work at the Chicago Times for the war. "I was out to defend my country," he said. He settled in San Carlos after the war in 1947. He has photographed many famous subjects in his long career. Early in life, before the war, the list included Gary Cooper in a parade in Chicago in the 1930s. Burlington Railroad's first Zephyr train plowing through a snow back is one of his favorites. Later in the 1960s he became the official photographer for the Circle Star Theater, which was recently torn down. He has freelanced to the San Francisco Examiner, Redwood City Tribune and several other Bay Area newspapers. He received the "Order of the North Star" from the King of Sweden in 1979 and the "Certificate of Merit" from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1977 and served as president of the Swedish Club for nine years. As a long-time member of SFBAPPA, Art left a gift of $5,000 to the association. There are no formal services planned. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Siv Elwing, and a brother, LeRoy Elwing, of Santa Clara. Siv Elwing 222 Sycamore St. San Carlos, CA 94070 (650) 591-2500 

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