McQuarrie Becomes 501st Member Team | February 25, 2008

Vader and Ralph McQuarrie

Today, legendary Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie was presented honorary membership in the 501st Legion in a small ceremony conducted in front of the Yoda fountain at Lucasfilm’s Presidio complex.

Ralph McQuarrie

McQuarrie 501st plaque
Photo by Terri Hodges

McQuarrie’s designs for Darth Vader, stormtroopers, and by extension, clone troopers, have profoundly impacted the general character of the 501st Legion, who celebrate the Star Wars saga by reproducing various Imperial, bounty hunter, and other costumes for charitable appearances and Lucasfilm-sanctioned events. The Legion was deeply honored to induct one of Star Wars’ chief architects into its ranks, which already includes George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and James Earl Jones, among others.

McQuarrie shakes with Vader (Mark Fordham)
McQuarrie shakes the hand of Mark Fordham of the 501st.

Presented by Damien Metz (Commanding Officer, Neon Garrison), McQuarrie received an Honorary Member plaque before a small audience of friends, including Lucasfilm Events Manager Mary Franklin, Art of Ralph McQuarrie co-authors John Scoleri and Stan Stice, Artist Tom Hodges and photographer Terri Hodges, Ed Karl (Commanding Officer, Golden Gate Garrison, Legion Executive Officer, worldwide 501st Legion), Mark Fordham (Legion Commanding Officer, worldwide 501st Legion), Sean Crosby (Commanding Officer, Southern California Garrison), Mark Chu Lin (Commanding Officer, Central California Garrison), Lucasfilm Photographer Tina Mills, and Lucas Online’s Pete Vilmur.

Dennis Muren and Ralph McQuarrie

Veteran ILMer Dennis Muren catches up with McQuarrie, who haven’t seen eachother in nearly 20 years. Photo by Terri Hodges

McQuarrie and the 501st

Photographer Terri Hodges has posted several photos from McQuarrie’s visit to the Presidio. You can check those out here.

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