Luther S. Travis, 91, of New Hope, PA, passed away on March 18, 2019 at his home.
Luther was born in Cape Charles, on the eastern shore of Virginia, and grew up in the Ghent district of Norfolk, Virginia.
He studied interior design at Parsons School of Design, and returned to Virginia to receive a BA in Interior Design and Fine Arts at the College of William and Mary. Returning to Parsons, he went on to receive a certificate in Textile Design.
As a freelance designer, Luther was one of the first names to be used in designer-name collections. He designed bed and bath linens, a wide variety of drapery and textile designs, wallpaper, wrapping paper, and table linens for Fallani and Cohn.
In 1956, he joined Bloomcraft, Inc. His influence was largely responsible for Bloomcraft’s leadership in printed fabrics. He retired from Bloomcraft as Vice President of Design.
After leaving Bloomcraft, Luther went of to form the London based Trull-Travis Design Associates, Ltd.
As a well respected artist, Luther’s illustrations were a part of the select American Artists Christmas Card Collection for many years.
Luther was a passionate horticulturalist, was a member of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) and spent much of his time in his gardens. As an orchidist, Luther was an award winning member of the AOS (Cypripedium Kentuckiense “Travis” CHM/AOS).
Luther’s insatiable curiosity constantly exposed him to creative inspirations. To satisfy his ardent interest in architecture and fine arts, he visited most of the major museums in the world. He examined ancient ruins, tramped through jungles, and climbed mountains to see and study with the discerning eye of the talented artist. Every experience became part of his talent.
He was the son of the late William Shadrack Travis and Rilla Collins Travis. He is survived by his nieces and nephews Lester Bourne and his wife Sue of Miami, FL; Janet Laird and her husband Michael of Punta Gorda, FL; William Burnell “Barney” Travis and his wife Nancy of Knoxville, TN and Rilla “Peggy” Heater of Knoxville; his cousins Etta Kay Pruitt and Libby Luettinger both of Cape Charles, Virginia and his friend John Craft of New Hope.
Funeral services will be private.
Donations in Luther’s memory may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 3331 Street Road, Suite 410, Bensalem, PA 19020.
Arrangements by the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530.