Steve Madden ADVT ’49
Steve Madden ADVT ’49 peacefully passed away at the age of 87 in Rapid City, South Dakota after struggling for years with congestive heart failure. He leaves behind his daughter Adrianna (Jumping Eagle) Madden GRPK ’93, her husband, Gilbert Jumping Eagle FAPT ’92, and three grandchildren; all of whom currently live in South Dakota and brought great joy to his later years.
Steve was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved with his mother Elsie (Dieckmann) Madden to Los Angeles, California in 1932. In 1940 he graduated Manual Arts High School and later enlisted with the US Naval Service. He served as a USN Quartermaster Second Class during WWII and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal 2 stars, Philippine Liberation 1 star, American Theatre Medal, and Victory Medal.
After honorable separation from US Naval Service, Steve attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles and studied under graphic design pioneer Alvin Lustig. Steve was an accomplished designer, art director, and educator. He was an influential part of graphic design’s West Coast History — past, present, and future. Prior to his retirement, Steve served as a faculty member and Acting Associate Chair of the Graphic Design Department at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.
At his request, no services will be held at this time. A kind man, a good man, may he rest in peace. For more information, please visit this memorial site.