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In Memoriam

Folke E. Nyberg
NybergArchitect, author, civic activist, and CBE Professor Emeritus Folke E. Nyberg passed away at his home August 15, 2010 after a two-year battle with cancer.  Nyberg was a professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Washington from 1969 to 1999.  A challenging and inspiring educator, architect, and activist/provocateur, Nyberg had a profound impact on the lives of students, friends, and fellow citizens of the city and region whose virtues he tirelessly worked to cultivate and sustain.  Read the obituary. 

Contributions are being accepted to a memorial fund established by Nyberg’s family, friends, students, and colleagues.  The Folke Nyberg Column 5 Editorship Endowment will provide a stipend for the student who serves as Managing Editor of Column 5.  The annual, student-produced journal of the Department of Architecture in the College of Built Environments, Column 5 has been published and sent to alumni and friends since 1987.  Nyberg was a steadfast contributor to Column 5, which provides a forum for the critical exchange of ideas between the University and the broader community.

Ralph D. Anderson
Seattle Union Trust Building AndersonKnown by many as the "father of Pioneer Square," Ralph D. Anderson (BArch '51) passed away on October 24, 2010 at the age of 86.  Anderson was born and raised in Seattle, and trained at the University of Washington.  His early work experiences included a stop in the office of Paul H. Kirk before he opened his own practice in the late 1950s.  He received his Washington State architectural license in 1954.  The works of Anderson and his colleagues became the basis for Northwest Modern architecture.  Read the obituary.  Read T. William Booth’s tribute in Crosscut.

Daniel Richard Dierks
Alumnus Daniel Richard Dierks (BArch '71) died suddenly on December 2, 2010 while vacationing in Aruba.  Read more…

A. R. “Bob” Johnson II
Lifelong Seattle resident A. R. “Bob” Johnson II (BS in Building Construction, ’79) passed away March 2, 2011.  Read more…

Gerald L. Allison FAIA
Jerry AllisonRecognized throughout the world for his contribution to the advancement of tourism and his commitment to the environment, Jerry Allison FAIA (BArch ’55), passed away April 22, 2011, at the age of 78, after a battle with gastric melanoma.  Allison was deeply involved in the success of destination design firm WATG and its international expansion.  He spent 25 years in Honolulu with WATG before moving to California in the early 1980s.  During that time, he worked closely with Pete Wimberly (BArch ’37) and was a pioneer in exporting design services throughout Asia and the Pacific. In Hawaii, he was involved in the design of Sheraton Maui, Hyatt Maui, and Coco Palms Resort on Kauai.

Other notable projects Allison was involved with during his 50-year career as an architect with WATG include: Hotel Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia; Shangri-La Hotel Garden Wing, Singapore; Palace of the Lost City in Sun City, South Africa; The Mansion at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada; Disneyland's Grand Floridian Beach Resort in Orlando, Florida; Disneyland Hotel in Paris; Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas; The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida; and Palace of the Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur.  Read more…

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gerald L. Allison Scholarship Fund at the University of Washington (mail to: UW Office of Gift Processing; Box 359505; Seattle, WA 98195-9505).  Online gifts to the Gerald L. Allison Scholarship fund may also be made here.


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