Lynn  Swigart
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Gloucester - Lynn Swigart, 89, of Ipswich, passed away peacefully at home on January 17, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.
Lynn was born in Kansas City, Mo. and soon afterward was adopted by a family in Clinton, Illinois, where he spent his youth. He graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he also met his wife of 67 years, Joan. He worked for Caterpillar Inc. from 1953 to 1988, his last position being manager of Communications Services. He served from 1988 to 1994 as president of WYD Design Inc. of Westport, Conn.
Throughout his life, Lynn followed the calling of fine arts photographer. From the time he set up his first dark room at the age of nine in his parents' basement, Lynn learned to compose his world through a view finder and later to master the art of photographic printmaking. He took advantage of international business travel to visually capture regions far and wide. He began exhibiting his own work in 1970, participating in dozens of group and solo shows over the decades. His photographs are in the permanent collections of institutions as diverse as the Stanford University Museum, the Illinois State Museum, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and Harvard University's Carpenter Center for Visual Arts.
In 1976, Lynn embarked on a photographic exploration of Gloucester, Massachusetts, a place of central importance to the poetry of Charles Olson. This multi-year project resulted in a book, Olson's Gloucester (Louisiana State University Press, 1980). It also resulted in Lynn's and Joan's decision to settle in Gloucester upon retirement; they loved every moment of the 25 years they spent in that community. The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester is the repository of Lynn's extensive photographic materials, and fifty of his Gloucester prints are also in the museum's permanent collection. His most iconic photographs can be viewed at
Lynn was a man of great integrity, generosity, and artistic sensibility; a bon vivant and appreciator of fine wine; and a loving and unflaggingly supportive husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children Chris, Paul (with wife Shayla), Ann and Leigh (with husband, Peter); and his grandchildren, Zachary (with wife Sandhya), Sam (with wife, Manon), Alex, Maya and Marcus.
A celebration of Lynn's life will take place on April 4, 2020 in Gloucester.
Published on January 24, 2020


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Marlene Gregor
Feb 11, 2020
Joan- We now share the sad widows club. I wish I could give you a consoling hug, a dinner together with times past, and fellowship with a glass of wine. I will be sending you a card.
Lynn's obit read so well, I loved it. He was a fine and wonderful man with a great eye behind the camera.
Sending love, sympathy and comfort.
Jan & Dave Jensen
Jan 28, 2020
We never forgot you, from our years in Peoria to our visit at your home in Gloucester. You and Joan have been a quiet influence in our lives, though you never knew it. Rest In Peace, Lynn, but you will be missed by your lovely family and your friends.
The Ethics Center
Jan 28, 2020
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Bob and Donna TURNEY
Jan 26, 2020
Medium Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Lynn Swigart by Bob and Donna TURNEY.  Send flowers
Pat and Emil Neu
Jan 25, 2020
Dear Joan and Family,
We are sorry about Lynn's passing.
He was a good friend and such a talent.
He will be missed by all.
Prayers and best wishes.
Sincere regards,
Pat and Emil (Neu)
Jon Blumb
Jan 24, 2020
Over the years, Lynn was my best friend's Dad, then a mentor, later a sponsor, and always a dear friend to me. His generous and gracious nature has made a big impression on me. I am fortunate to have known him. To his family, I offer my sincere condolences, and to Lynn I say, "Congratulations on a life very well lived!"
Colleen and Paul Lutkevich
Jan 24, 2020
Dear Swigart and Glomset families,

We are so sorry for your loss. Lynn sounds like a wonderful and very talented person. He has left a beautiful legacy through his work and and even more so through his family. Thinking about all of you.
Colleen and Paul Lutkevich