Date Created: 04/29/2023
Last Updated: 04/29/2023

In loving memory of Lyle Novinski
6/23/1932 - 4/28/2023

Location: Irving, Texas

Visits: 1,165

This memorial was created in honor of Lyle Frank Novinski of Irving, Texas. Lyle was born on June 23, 1932 and passed on April 28, 2023. Lyle was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family.

 
 
 
 

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From: Mary Ann Sharp Wednesday, May 17, 2023
I was a student of Lyle's in 1984, 1985? He taught me how to "see" the world around me through art history. His impact on my life was indelible. I was getting my M.A. in History at Pepperdine and was a T.A. To the dept. chair. Trotting down the stairs one Friday night from the library, I saw that Prof. sitting in his office with his face in his hands. Inquired... He was frustrated about a paper he had to publish documenting American grain silo's. I said, "No problem!" Ran back up the stairs and brought him an art history book with a plate of Charles Demuth's "My Egypt." He won a Fulbright. Lyle left a legacy that just keeps on giving... hugs to Sybil! ~ Molly (as he and Sybil knew me)



From: Barbara Gazin Friday, May 5, 2023
Grateful Student

Beauty and Wonder.
Create! and Experience!
Lessons for living.



From: Eileen Gregory Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Lyle was my teacher in Art History in my freshman year, and his course was absolutely fundamental to my formation, as important as any course I have ever taken. When I returned to teach at UD in 1973, I participated in the exciting faith community and liturgical creation that Lyle, in conjunction with Fr. Don Fischer, then the chaplain, made possible -- and I was honored to work with them and others to envision the Church of the Incarnation. Some of my dearest memories of Lyle, however, have to do with two Greece trips in which participated together in the late seventies. We were both in love with the Greeks, Greek art and sacred spaces and literature, and our trips were a constant conversation with each other and with that world.

As I remember Lyle now, I think of his wonderful animated imagination, his eagerness to share what he passionately loved about every detail of every beautiful object. I think of his endless generosity to bring things into being for UD, from the ground up to the canopy of sacred spaces. When I imagine him now, I imagine him as a brightness in heaven -- still eager and giving -- and he will remain with us in that spirit.



From: michael wehrle Tuesday, May 2, 2023
I didn’t get to know Lyle while I was at the university since, being a biology major, I didn’t take a class with him. But I always saw him working with students on various work project to improve UD. Recently I did get the pleasure of knowing him much better as I worked with him and Sybil on similar projects to help the University. He was very gracious with his time and energy in helping me to plan projects to beautify our campus. These projects were based upon this work that he started at the University back in 1960 and so lovingly did throughout his long tenure there. He would go as far as to make up for blueprints for me on projects that we were discussing.
Lyle and Sybil formed the cornerstone that the university was built upon and as such he will be sorely missed by me in the university.
Rest in peace, my brother in Christ. We will do our best to carry on the fine work, that you’ve started.



From: Tom Hansell Monday, May 1, 2023
I am so grateful for the 45 years I have been Lyle's student and friend, being both since our first conversation.

He taught me to properly mix concrete, that rocks could be made into walls and walls into doorways, and that I should try to sow beauty rather than complain about the ugliness of the barren brown hills of Irving and of life.

With him I learned to see bright stars in the wine dark sea in Napflion, to hear the whispers in the silence at Delphi, to experience the thrill of the race in Olympia, and to truly see the vivid colors in the deep blue blackness in a summer night’s sky in his own backyard.

I shall miss him as teacher and friend very much.

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