Harry B. Hambly III, screen printing entrepreneur, husband, and father of two, whose warm and loving spirit touched all around him, died August 29, 2019 at his home in Los Altos. He was 88. Harry was born in San Francisco in 1931, to Harry B. Hambly, Jr., and Lillian G. Hambly. As the son of a successful dentist, Harry took a risk at an early age — he defied his father’s wishes for him to become a dentist, and set out to pursue his calling in art. Harry quickly harnessed his passion for art and his ability to tap into the zeitgeist, and built a successful independent business, Hambly Studios, with work spanning American generations, from psychedelic prints, to corporate calendars, stickers, and scrapbooking supplies. He was a pioneer in printing art on silver Mylar.
In the late 1960’s, Harry’s relentless dedication to perfection and quality in his silk screen printing technique caught the attention of Sister Mary Corita, educator and artist, and Corita began sending her artwork to Harry. Many of Harry’s Corita prints can be seen today at the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles. Since the closing of Hambly Studios in 2012, Harry’s work continues to be admired by those in the printing business, sought after by vintage psychedelic poster collectors, and missed by scrapbookers worldwide. Later in life, Harry’s hobbies became his beautifully restored ‘57 Chevy, spending time with his grandchildren, enjoying time in the Santa Cruz Mountains, attending theatre performances, and meeting new and old friends at Starbucks and Hobee’s. Harry was a supportive, understanding, and encouraging husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Vicky, of 41 years, his two children Brynn and Will, and three grandchildren. Instead of flowers, the family asks those interested to make a donation to Jasper Ridge Farm, (https://www.jasperridgefarm.org/what-we-do), a local charity Harry and his wife support.