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Fair Winds, Thad

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 6, 2010

 Renowned tall ships photographer, Thad Koza, ASTA’s official  photographer and our friend, colleague, and shipmate of many years died Wednesday afternoon at Newport Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

 Koza was born on December 28, 1940. He held a BA in English  Honors from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1963) and a MA in English from Northwestern University (1965.) Making his home in Newport, Koza became well-known internationally as a photographer of tall ships and publisher of popular calendars and books featuring tall ship photographs. Koza traveled the world lecturing on his experiences. He also published a number of books, including Tall Ships: The International Guide. His photographs were frequently featured in ASTA publications and his photograph of the USCGC EAGLE graces the cover of the most recent edition of Sail Tall Ships! ASTA’s Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea. Koza kept a blog at Thad’s Daily Log and many of his photographs can be viewed on his website Tall Ships International. He is survived by his son, Alexandre Thaddeus Koza, of Portsmouth, RI.

A memorial service will be held January 15, 2011 at 1500 at Channing Memorial Church in Newport, RI. A reception celebrating Thad’s life will follow at the Newport Art Museum and Association.

Donations in Thad’s honor and memory can be made to The Seaman’s Church Institute, Newport, RI or to the American Sail Training Association.


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