Presented by Alf Pratt, Board of Trustees, Crandall Museum
Accepted by Mona Wheelwright Lowe, daughter
Lorin F. Wheelwright was the founding president of the Printing Industries of Utah in 1950. He had become a printer by establishing Pioneer Music Press in Salt Lake City in 1938, which he operated as president for 40 years.
With a background in music education, he first became interested in printing by his work at Columbia University with his thesis on the spacing of music symbols being printed to improve performance.
With his brother Max, who had studied lithography, they established the Wheelwright Lithographing Company in Salt Lake City in 1956. In 1958 they started Wheelwright Press, Inc., and he served as president until 1967. This company’s fine work in the quality of lithographic reproduction earned numerous awards and the professional respect of its printing peers.
Because of the quality of its color reproductions, the company specialized in college and high school yearbooks, publishing for colleges and universities across the country. In the 1960s he served two years as president of the National Yearbook Association. His motto was always, “Just be sure the customer likes what you do for him.”
From 1956 to 1970 he served as associate editor of The Instructor magazine of the Sunday School organization of The Church ofjesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. In that capacity, he published numerous color center spreads in The Instructor that attracted widespread attention. He received numerous Awards of Excellence for Wheelwright Lithographic Publications from the Printing Industries of America.
He served as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Brigham Young University from 1967 to I973, and as assistant to the president of BYU for three years after that. While dean, he founded the annual Mormon Festival of Arts. He later served as chairman of BYU’s Centennial celebration.
For all his life, in addition to printing, he served as a civic leader, a businessman, and a musician.
Wheelwright was born in Ogden December 20, 1909. He married Ila Eugenia Spilsbury, and they had four children: Mona Vyonne Lowe, Sylvia Louise Cundick, Donna Eugenia Skudstad, and Lynn McArthur Wheelwright.
He graduated from the University of Utah, and studied at Columbia University and thejuilliard School of Music. He received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, mostly earning his way by playing the piano and organ. He died in 1987 in Provo.