The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is mourning the loss of visionary founder and long-time supporter John Ehle, 92, who died Saturday, March 24, 2018. A resident of Winston-Salem, Ehle was an award-winning author and a staunch advocate for arts and education.

“The School of the Arts was born in the 1960s out of John Ehle’s clear vision and tenacious advocacy,” said Chancellor Lindsay Bierman. “He may be best known as a prolific author, but around here, in our hearts, John will always be best loved as one of our founding fathers. With his courage, intellect, doggedness, creativity, and incomparable voice he fought to enrich the culture of this state and our nation. We will miss him dearly.”

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