Editor's Note: The following article was submitted to the Milford Mirror by the Milford Fine Arts Council. During the 1940s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt\u2019s Works Progress Administration\u2019s Federal Artists Project was at its height \u2014 hiring Connecticut artists to paint murals in public buildings \u2014 one Milford teacher was creating her own mural program. Rose Marucci was the new art teacher at Milford High School. Her art room was on the third floor of the Toulson (or Yellow) Building on River Street, a building that still stands but is now the River Park Apartments. \u201cIt was Milford\u2019s 300th anniversary and it took Miss Marucci six months to convince School Supt. Dr. Carl Maddox to allow her talented students, under the direction of student Jay Heydock, to research and create a mural to celebrate it,\u201d said Marion Morra, curator of Milford\u2019s Permanent Art Collection. The mural, a colonial scene of Milford, included the faces of some of the students who worked on it, even the features of Supt. Maddox. The celebratory mural was painted directly on the wall of the art room and, when it was finished in 1939, it was written up in a Connecticut education journal. \u201cThe success of the first mural allowed Miss Marucci to think bigger,\u201d continued Morra. \u201cThis time, she decided that the mural would be painted on canvas, then attached to a frame to allow it to be moved. She lobbied successfully for canvas and wood. She also had her eye on a student who she knew had talent but was not yet a serious art student \u2013 Eddie Kasper.\u201d Kasper\u2019s History of Mathematics mural Kasper had his own set of challenges. At the age of five, he developed tuberculosis of the hip, for which there was then no effective treatment. He entered a sanitarium for children with bone TB and, because he had to stay off his feet, learned to paint. He stayed in the sanitarium until he became high school age, when he entered Milford High School. One day, when Kasper was a senior \u2014 and president of the Class of 1942 \u2014 he was walking past Miss Martucci\u2019s art room when she suddenly pulled him into her room and asked if he would like to paint a mural. Surprised, he thought she was joking but seeing the big roll of canvas, he realized she was serious. Kasper was considering math as a career and, after doing some research, decided to concentrate his painting on the history of mathematics. He started making drawings. It was agreed that the new mural, featuring the greats of mathematics, would stretch across the front wall above the blackboard in a math room on the second floor of the high school. For most of the year, Kasper worked on the mural every afternoon when school was finished and in any spare moments he had during the day. Marucci often encouraged her other students to watch Eddie as he created his paintings. When Let No Man Ignorant of Geometry Enter Here was complete, it featured Euclid, the founder of geometry and Greek author, sitting between two pillars, surrounded by 17 other mathematics luminaries. But Marucci was not finished. Impressed with Kasper\u2019s talent and unbeknownst to him, she had taken some of his work to the Dean of the Yale art school, who was impressed with his work. Kasper was called into Supt. Maddox\u2019s office and told he had received the Gunn Scholarship, a full scholarship to Yale University School of Fine Arts. By 1950, Yale graduate Kasper had moved to New York and made his first sale to Vogue Magazine. Soon he became a freelance artist for Sports Illustrated and went on to become one of Sports Illustrated\u2019s most famous artist\/photographers. Known mostly for sport art, including his lithograph of golf great Sam Sneed, Kasper painted one of his most famous works \u2014 NHL, a painting Sports Illustrated commissioned him to create in 1979. NHL was donated to the American Sport Art Museum and Archives. He exhibited at Dartmouth College, Spectrum Fine Arts in New York City and many other galleries throughout New England. He also did illustrations for Columbia Record, Vogue, Harper\u2019s Bazaar and a number of books. For the last 15 years of his life, Kasper specialized in portraits. Kasper\u2019s interest in the state of Milford\u2019s murals \u201cAs we are today,\u201d said Morra, \u201cKasper also was worried about the future of Milford\u2019s murals. In 1975, when members of the Walnut Beach firehouse decided to renovate the firehouse\u2019s interior and cover the WPA mural that had been painted on one of its walls, one of the volunteer firemen called Kasper to see what he could do. Kasper saw that the mural was in terrible shape and decided to restore it. As he said at the time, \u2018I know how to do that sort of thing. It looks real nice now and I gave it a protective coating to keep it from yellowing or peeling.\u2019 \u201cUnfortunately,\u201d continued Morra, \u201cthe Walnut Beach firehouse WPA mural is now among the missing, as is the original mural painted by Miss Marucci\u2019s students in honor of Milford\u2019s 300th anniversary. The loss of these historic artworks is why Milford\u2019s Permanent Art Collection Committee is working to raise funds to restore another mural which has been saved and is desperately in need of conservation: They Shall Pass This Way But Once, a WPA mural that once hung in Milford\u2019s Central Grammar School and when restored, will hang in the Milford Library. \u201cWe can only imagine with fondness the energy and resourcefulness of people like Miss Marucci and Ed Kasper and wish they were here to inspire us as we try to raise the dollars needed to restore Milford\u2019s artwork,\u201d concluded Morra.