Robert "Monty" Montgomery was drafted into World War II in 1943. In 1945 Monty was severely wounded by shrapnel through his legs and face. He was in six major hospitals and endured 182 operations. Within a year he was walking and soon to set the task of rebuilding his life.
Montgomery was discharged from both the Army and Valley Forge General Hospital in 1949. He enrolled at the Kansas City Art Institute on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a B.F.A. in 1853. Monty then enrolled at Wichita State University to pursue his B.S. in Art Education. it was here that he took his first metalsmithing class.
In the fall of 1955, Montgomery enrolled in the M.F.A. program at the University of Kansas and studied Jewelry and Silversmithing with Carlyle Smith. Monty so impressed the faculty at K.U. that he was retained after graduation as a full time instructor.
Montgomery's teaching years at K.U. built an outstanding teaching record and it had a lasting effect on many students.
In 1964, Montgomery left K.U. to head the Graphic Design program at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. In the next three years, Monty alos built a Metalsmithing program for I.S.U. which he made into one of the outstanding programs in the country. Montgomery was considered a distinguished and very influential member of instruction that characterized his many years of teaching.
Robert "Monty" Montgomery died August 31, 1988.