Philip Peter Kovinick


Title: Writer

Los Angeles, California, United States

Philip Peter Kovinick, Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Humanities.

Mr. Kovinick is a prolific writer, and has nurtured a love of research since he was a pre-teen in Detroit. From collecting information on his hometown teams, the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions, to researching his heroes at the local library, that childhood passion grew into a career in both published works and teaching. Mr. Kovinick is particularly fascinated with the American West, and the artists Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. He is the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and appeared in the 27th edition of Who’s Who in the West. When not writing, he teaches as a professor in Los Angeles.

A star athlete in three varsity sports as a student, Mr. Kovinick was a California Scholastic Federation Seal Bearer and an Ephebian. He suffered a knee injury playing high school football in 1942, which led to his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in the middle of World War II just three months into his service. He continued to gather data on artists of the West, and in his late forties, he moved to Northern California to complete his education at Chico State College, now the California State University at Chico, graduating magna cum laude. He taught until his retirement in 1981, all the while working on the ultimate book on artists of the American West. After researching coast to coast, accompanied by his first wife Melvina and later his present wife Marian, he continues to build his masterpiece.

While working on his book on American artists, both he and Marian earned a reputation as scholars. Mr. Kovinick earned recognition for “Contemporary International Problems: A Comparative Political, Economic, and Cultural Analysis” co-authored with three other social studies department chairmen in 1962. In 1970 he gave lectures on Western artists for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Mr. Kovinick was one of the first researchers at the opening of the West Coast Regional Center at the Huntingtion Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in 1984. He is renowned for his services to galleries, collectors, and authors of art. He has had a long professional relationship with renowned historian Dr. William H. Goetzmann, who helped Mr. Kovinick and his wife publish “Women Artists of the American West.” Dr. Goetzmann added in the foreword, “Their book represents one of the truly monumental research tasks of ours or any other time.”

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