When Herb Tyrnauer passed away peacefully, on October 2, 2012, he was surrounded by his family. Herb was 84 years old and had lived with Parkinson’s disease for several years.
Herb received a BFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1955 and a Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1958. From 1955 to 1957 he worked for NYC Berteli Display Corp, and for Raymond Spilman & Associates. From 1958 to 1961, he was an Assistant Professor in Interior Design at Texas Woman’s University. From 1962 to 1971, he established a partnership, Tyrnauer & Holtzman Design Associates.
In 1961 he joined California State University at Long Beach as professor of Industrial Design, and as Discipline Director-Industrial Design. The Design Department was established in 1983 at CSU, Long Beach, and Herb became Interim Chair 1985-86 and 1989- 90. He was Chair 1993-94, 1994-95, and Fall 1995.
Herb joined IDSA in 1965, holding a number of offices: Regional VP of Western Region, Chapter Chair of Los Angeles Chapter, Member of the Board of Directors and a member and Chair of the Education Committee. He became a Fellow of IDSA in 1974. He was a participant in three United States Information Agency (USIA) tours to the Soviet Union in 1968, 1977, and 1990. *
Herb and Francesca Tyrnauer lived near CSULB in the Surfside colony. They designed and built their oceanfront home which featured an open, center atrium. The house was perfect for entertaining and the site of many student potluck dinners featuring professional guest speakers.
Herb retired in May, 1999. Shortly thereafter, Herb and Francesca Tyrnauer moved from SoCal and settled in at their ranch near the coast in Mendocino County. They later purchased a city home in Sebastopol, CA. A tradition of ID alumni congregating at the Tyrnauer’s ensued at both residences.
Herb is survived by his wife, Francesca; daughter, Gillian; son, Gareth; and the students of 37 CSULB Industrial Design graduating classes. All will remember his questioning nature, jingling keys, and the compulsive tug at the bottom of his beard.
A memorial service will be held in Sebastopol on October 27 at the home of Gillian & Jon Helquist
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