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Well-known nautical photographer dies

Renowned tall ships photographer Thad Koza, the American Sail Training Association's official photographer and an ardent sailor, died Dec. 15 at Newport (R.I.) Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. He was 69, just two weeks away from his 70th birthday.

Koza was born on Dec. 28, 1940.

He earned a bachelor's degree in English honors from the University of Michigan (1963) and a master's degree in English from Northwestern University (1965.)

Making his home in Newport, R.I., Koza became well-known internationally as a photographer of tall ships and publisher of calendars and books featuring his tall ship photographs. Koza traveled the world lecturing on his experiences.

He also published a number of books, including "Tall Ships: The International Guide." His photographs were frequently featured in association publications and his photograph of the Coast Guard bark Eagle graces the cover of the most recent edition of "Sail Tall Ships! ASTA's Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea."

Koza kept a daily blog and many of his photographs can be viewed on his website. He is survived by his son, Alexandre Thaddeus Koza, of Portsmouth, R.I.

A memorial service was scheduled for 3 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Channing Memorial Church on Pelham Street in Newport, followed by a reception at the Newport Art Association on Bellevue Avenue.