Kurt Viegelmann was hired in September, 1969 and retired in January, 2003, after 33 years of dedicated and distinguished service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Kurt was one of the Pioneer Faculty who helped establish Ohlone College at the Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont. He was directly involved in preparing for the move to the permanent Mission Boulevard Campus in 1974, including the planning and start up of the art studios and dark room.
Kurt was highly regarded as an excellent instructor of survey and studio classes in photography and art appreciation. He continuously developed and improved the curriculum of photography and art appreciation, keeping it abreast with the latest trends and achievements in the art world and in technology. He was instrumental in developing the digital photography program and the integration of computers into the art curriculum.
Kurt was a leader in the implementation of technology mediated instruction, which allowed him to teach hundreds of students online each year. He was always available to help other faculty explore the use of technology in their teaching.
Kurt was very active in the life of the campus and was an eloquent advocate for Ohlone faculty. He was a kind and caring mentor and friend to students and colleagues. His positive attitude and passion for Ohlone were of great value to the college over the years.