Guy Monthan Jr., a retired NAU advertising professor, died in Albuquerque, N.M., May 19, 2006. He was 81.
Mr. Monthan was born in Tucson to Guy Monthan Sr. and Jessie Rae Monthan. He graduated from Tucson High School in 1942 and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University and a masters of arts degree from California State College in Los Angeles.
From 1970 until 1996, Mr. Monthan taught advertising art and design at NAU, where he established photography as a fine arts course. In 1996, his photography and artwork was featured in a solo show at the university.
In the 1970s, Mr. Monthan teamed up with his wife, Doris Born Monthan, and began producing and publishing award-winning articles and books about Native American artwork. In 1986, their book The Pueblo Storyteller: Development of a Figurative Ceramic Tradition, received an Arizona Daily Star book award as well as the Border Regional Library Association Award for one the 10 best Southwest books of the year.
Mr. Monthan is survived by his wife of 54 years, Doris; son, William Monthan; brother George Monthan; three grandsons and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution Ave, Albuquerque, NM 87110, or to a fine arts foundation or museum. Arrangements are being handled by Vista Verde Memorial Park and Mortuary in Rio Rancho, N.M.