Joseph V. Canzani, artist, educator and President of the Columbus College of Art & Design, 1949 - 1995, died in Columbus on Friday, a few days before his 93rd birthday. He lived in the historic Rush Creek Village in Worthington. His influence on generations of artists and designers was significant. Graduates of the college who learned through his teaching and through the curriculum he created, had the skills and work ethic to build successful careers in art and design around the world. "His fierce love for the institution and his lifelong commitment to its success created a mighty legacy," in the words of President Dennison Griffith. "Clearly, CCAD would not be what it is today had he not so tirelessly dedicated himself to the development of the College and the success of its students." Mr. Canzani was born in 1915, in El Marche, Porto Sant' Elpidio, Italy, and emigrated to the United States as a child with his parents Pasqualina and Enrico and brothers Victor and Vincent. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, playing clarinet, oboe, and saxaphone in the military band, and returned to study Design at Pratt Institute in New York City after the war. He later completed his master's degree at The Ohio State University. A dedicated and inventive teacher, he was asked to assume the leadership of the tiny Columbus School of Art, then part of the Columbus Gallery of Fine Art (now the Columbus Museum of Art). He later brought the school to fully accredited status as a college of art and design. During his tenure the school grew from just 17 students at the close of the Second World War to over 1,200 at the time of his retirement at age 80. His 46-year leadership as head of CCAD made him one of the longest-tenured college presidents in U.S. history. Canzani is preceded in death by his wife Vasa. Survived by son, Vincent (wife, Cheryl); granddaughters, Maria and Angela; great-grandchildren, Milissa, Ashlee, Madelyn and Cameron.