Transcript of Ceremony: November 7, 1996
Donald Stivers (1926 – 2009) painted the portraits of eight judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia: Judges William Bryant, Thomas Flannery, Oliver Gasch, Joyce Green, Harold Greene, George Hart, Louis Oberdorfer, and Barrington Parker. In the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Stivers began to paint portraits of friends. He later studied fine art at the California College of Arts & Crafts on the GI Bill, where he continued his work in portraiture. He began his career in commercial art in California, specializing in book, movie, and magazine illustration. Upon moving to the East Coast, Mr. Stivers began work on a series of paintings depicting American westward expansion and is best known for his military artwork, including paintings depicting the Civil War. His work is followed by collectors and can be found on display at Forts Belvoir, Benning, Drum, Hood, Leavenworth, Riley, Sill, and Wainwright. His work has also been on display at the Army War College and in the Pentagon.