d. Sept. 26, 2013
Del McColm died on Sept. 26, 2013, after a long illness. A major figure in the Davis art community, she served on the board of the Davis Art Center and later worked as Weekend editor for The Davis Enterprise.
Delores Osmola was born in Detroit, Mich., in 1933. She was valedictorian of her high school class and went to Oberlin College in Ohio, where she majored in art history and took classes in art studio. While at Oberlin, she composed pen-and-ink drawings for a text by professor Paul Rogers, chairman of the Spanish department. It was at Oberlin where she met Doug McColm, whom she married on their graduation day in 1955.
After Oberlin, Doug went to Yale University for graduate studies, and Del became director of the library at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. After Doug received his doctorate, they moved to Berkeley where Doug worked as a postdoctoral researcher and Del studied serigraphy, in which an artist prints images by forcing paint through a silk screen. She also reviewed books for Library Journal.
In 1966, Del and Doug and their three children moved to Davis. Del continued her serigraphy, and made a series of prints that she exhibited at local galleries and at shows at the Crocker Art Museum. She became active in the local art community, particularly at the Davis Art Center where she served on the board.
Then she joined the staff of The Davis Enterprise, where her beats included the arts and the university. She became editor of Weekend magazine for The Davis Enterprise, and in addition to her editing work, she reviewed art shows, musical events and stage productions — including operas — in Davis, Sacramento and San Francisco. During her tenure as editor, Weekend magazine won awards from the California Newspapers Publishers Association and from the Davis Chamber of Commerce. She retired in 1989.
She remained a strong supporter of the arts and an acute observer of current events. She died in September, after a long illness. She is survived by her husband Doug, her two sons Gregory and Eric, her daughter Laura, her granddaughter Brianna, her niece Mimi, her nephew Steven and her grandnephews Benjamin, Philip and Jonathan.
A memorial Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Davis Art Center, P.O. Box 4340, Davis, CA 95617.