2013 In Memoriam

AIA North Carolina would like to send its condolences to members and their families for their loss in this past year. We thank every member for their hard work and dedication to the profession. 

We try to stay current of notices of member deaths, but do not always hear about them. If you would like to submit a member's obituary, please send the information Keri Dixon (kdixon@aianc.org).   

Gene Terrill - Gene Terrill, 79, passed away in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at his home in Southminster Retirement Community. Gene was born in Flint, Michigan on December 1, 1933 to William Charles and Mary Curnow Terrill. After graduating from Flint Central High School, Gene served in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. After his military service, he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1961. After graduation, he worked as an Architect with Kretchmar & Associates before opening his own his architecture firm, Gene Terrill Associates, in 1967. In the late 1970's, Gene's firm merged with SSOE, a large Ohio-based Engineering/Architectural firm. He served as a managing Principal of the Flint office until 1988, at which time he relocated to Charlotte and became President of The FWA Group. He retired in 2002.  Throughout his career he was very involved with American Institute of Architects. Gene served as President of the Flint Area AIA Chapter in 1974 and President of the Michigan Society of Architects in 1979. While President of Michigan Society of Architects, Gene created a task force to involve all the chapters, as well as the public, to support AIA's theme "A Celebration of Architecture." Gene's efforts led to the publication of the book The 50 Most Significant Buildings in Michigan, as well as an exhibit that was displayed in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. After relocating to Charlotte, Gene continued his involvement, serving as the President of AIA Charlotte in 1994. He married Jean Jacobsen on September 14, 1963 in Frankfort, Michigan. The best of friends, he and Jeanie recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Beginning on a blind date Valentine's Day 1963, it didn't take Gene and Jeanie long to know they had found "their person" and from that point on were inseparable. He was a generous father who encouraged the best from his children, helped them achieve it, and always gave sound advice, wanted or not. Gene's retirement coincided with the birth of his first grandchild. Being a grandfather became his passion for the next ten years. He picked up his grandson every Thursday to take him to art class and lunch. When he saw his granddaughter struggling to read, he went out and bought as many reading workbooks as he could find so he could teach her. He planned yearly family vacations so that everyone could be together. He always made sure that his grandchildren were dressed to the nines, and he looked forward to his weekly Saturday breakfasts with his family and grandchildren. The position of grandfather was one his greatest successes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region - Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster. Obituary Online here.

Louis Hunter MeachamLouis Hunter Meacham, 99, of Charlotte, NC died peacefully on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville, surrounded by his family. Mr. Meacham was born December 27, 1913, in McComb, MS, the son of the late James Bryon Meacham and Ferrie Thomason Meacham. At an early age, he moved to Charlotte and attended the public schools and old Central High, where he was President of the Student Council his senior year. He received his training in architecture at NC State University and practiced architecture for forty-five years in Charlotte. In 1958, he was named President of the architectural and engineering firm, Biberstein, Bowles, Meacham and Reed and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1989. Before his retirement, he began the study of watercolor painting by attending Queens College and CPCC. He continued painting in this art form until recently. In 1938, he was married to Helen Vashti Floyd of Lumberton, NC. His beloved Helen predeceased him in 1998. He was also predeceased by brothers J.B. Meacham, Henry Meacham and sister, Virginia Meacham. The family would like to thank his loving caregivers Penny, Marcus and everyone at Hospice House in Huntersville. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Avondale Presbyterian Church, 2821 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209. 

Michael Randolph Tye- Michael Randolph Tye, 73, of Sarasota, FL died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. He was the son of the late George Lytle and Margaret Graham Winchester Tye. He graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois in 1958 and received a Bachelor of Architecture from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 1963. Mike was an accomplished and talented architect. He held positions with the Greater London Council in London, England; Director of Design at J.N. Pease Associates; Principal with Odell Associates - both Charlotte firms. He served both as Vice President-Architecture with Reynolds, Smith and Hills (RS&H) in Greensboro and subsequently took over as President before founding Tye Architecture Group. Mike later joined with former partners from RS&H to form Tye, Spotts and Davis. During his extensive career Mike designed and led projects building residential, government and commercial structures around the continental U.S. and abroad to include the very first skyscraper in Charlotte, Jefferson First Union Tower (now Two Wells Fargo Center). Mike served as President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), NC Chapter, and was appointed by the Governor to serve the NC Board of Architecture, including two terms as President. He held an NCARB certificate and served that organization with distinction for many years. In addition to many other awards and accolades, Mike was named one of the "10 Outstanding Young Men" by the Charlotte Jaycees in 1975. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Operation Smile of North Carolina, 502 East Cornwallis Drive, Suite L, Greensboro, NC 27405. 

William "Bill" Miles Dechant - William "Bill" Miles Dechant, age 56, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family. A native of Brevard, he was a son of June McLean Dechant and the late William Garvin Dechant. Bill graduated from Brevard High School in 1975, Virginia Tech in 1980, and Mississippi State College of Architecture, in 1988. He later was owner and principle architect of Dechant Architecture P.A., where he designed many notable buildings in Western North Carolina, including the Bonsai Garden at the North Carolina Arboretum. He was most recently employed by Haywood Community College as Campus Architect & Director of Campus Development where his contributions will have a lasting impact on the Haywood Community College campus. Bill was fondly known to many of his friends and family as "Duffer," but the title he most cherished was "Daddy." He was an avid Virginia Tech Hokie and Baltimore Orioles fan. Bill was blessed by many friends and family who will always cherish his memory. The family would like to thank his friends for the outpouring of love and support during his battle with cancer. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asheville City Schools Foundation, Bill Dechant Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship, 85 Mountain Street, Asheville, NC 28801. For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.

Maurice J. Finnegan Jr.- Maurice James Finnegan Jr., 86, of Asheville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law. A native of Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of the late Maurice and Mary Sovie Finnegan Sr. He was a member of the graduating class of 1945 of Central High School in Syracuse, N.Y., and was an alumnus of Syracuse University School of Architecture class of 1950. After beginning his career with King and King Architects in Syracuse, he started his own firm, which he successfully led until his retirement. After retiring, he moved to Pinehurst, where he resided for the last 20 years of his life and where he continued practicing his profession until the age of 82. Mr. Finnegan’s first several years in business were spent designing churches, rectories and hospitals for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y. Later he expanded his presence in Syracuse to include Bishop Ludden and Bishop Grimes high schools, as well as, St. Camillus and Loretto senior care facilities. He also designed numerous other health care facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He was a lifelong member of the American Institute of Architects and a true expert in building code development and adherence. He was a licensed pilot for many years, maintaining his own aircraft for business and personal use. Condolences may be made to the family at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com.


William Brown Little - Bill Little of Charlotte, NC passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Presbyterian Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.comBill was the Founder and Chairman of Little, the international design firm that bears his name. The firm was built on the principles and values that guided his life's work as an architect, particularly his unwavering commitment to extraordinary client service. The firm has been repeatedly recognized as a "Best Place to Work" and as one of the top 50 firms in the country, a direct reflection of Bill's passionate leadership. His legacy includes countless completed buildings and design awards, but what his 250 employees will remember most is his entrepreneurial spirit, his visionary leadership, his passion for out of the box thinking and his role as leader, mentor, friend and "Master of Madness".

Arthur James Hammill, Jr.- Arthur James (A.J.) Hammill, 78, of Winston-Salem, died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at his home. A.J. was a founding partner of Colvin, Hammill and Walter, Architects, which later became Hammill-Walter Associates. A.J. was born September 20, 1934 in Gastonia, North Carolina, son of the late Arthur James Sr., and Louisa Ligon Hammill. He graduated from the North Carolina State College School of Design in 1960, and moved to Winston-Salem in 1965, where he and two architect friends, Lloyd Walter of Charlotte and George Colvin of Winston-Salem-also from the NC State School of Design-opened Colvin, Hammill & Walter, Architects, in the O'Hanlon Building. In the 1960s and 70s, the firm designed the Greek Orthodox Church Sanctuary and classrooms, Bermuda Run clubhouse, the NC Eye Bank, bank branches for Wachovia, city recreation centers, and residences. George Colvin left the firm in 1971, and it became Hammill-Walter Associates. Hammill-Walter grew during the 1970s and early 80s and became known throughout the state, designing BB&T One Triad Park, Corpening Plaza, RJR Reynolds Plaza, the Lobby Renovation of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Building, the training center for Piedmont Airlines, the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Office Building, First Center Building at Five Points, McLean Trucking Company Headquarters, Mariah Condos at Beech Mountain, projects at WSSU, elementary schools, and parking structures in Winston-Salem and at UNC Charlotte. A.J. served as President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1982, and retired from the firm in 1985. Memorial contributions may be made to Forsyth County Hospice and Palliative Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at www.frankvoglerandsons.com. 

David Elliott Hipp, Jr., AIA - Mr. Hipp, 85, of Charlotte, died on June 16, 2013 in his residence at Sharon Towers. Mr. Hipp was born on September 26, 1927 in Charlotte, a seventh generation native of Mecklenburg County. He was the son of the late David Elliott Hipp, Sr. and Bessie Christine Tevepaugh Hipp. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Mary Stewart Barnhardt Hipp, and also by his sister, Aileen Hipp Thomason, and a brother, John Rae Hipp. Mr. Hipp graduated from Harding High School and from Davidson College, class of 1949. After service in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the occupying forces in Austria, he studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute and at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He received the degree of Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University and practiced architecture for many years in Charlotte, specializing in commercial interior design. Mr. Hipp was a ruling elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and sang in the church choir for more than 50 years. He contributed enormous talent and dedication to enriching the worship life of the congregation through the visual arts. Memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. Online guestbook is available at www.heritagecares.net.

Walter L. Bost, Sr. - Walter Lee Bost, Sr. of Kannapolis practiced Architecture with the firm of Odell Associates, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C. as an employee for forty-five years and a Consultant for five plus years. Mr. Bost died on June 4, 2013 at the age of 86. He was born on February 19, 1927, the second child of Theodore Lee Bost and Myrtie Lee Cavin Bost of Kannapolis, N.C. Both were long term employees of Cannon Mills Co. His early education was at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and J.W. Cannon High School where he graduated in 1944. In his youth, he was a dreamer, but also a doer. He played lead trumpet in the Band, Concert Orchestra and Pep Band. He had an ardent desire to learn to fly and by working three afternoons and all day Saturday, he earned enough money to take flying lessons and get his license at age 16. In March 1944, at age 17, Mr. Bost enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Aviation Cadet Program for a three year term, reporting to a College Training Detachment on June 6, 1944, which coincided with "D" day. He spent one year in college training detachments at Davidson College and North Georgia College. Due to the progress of the War, the Aviation Cadet Program was closed down. Mr. Bost volunteered to become a career gunner on a B-29, but was sent to Chemical Warfare School. He volunteered for overseas duty and was sent to the 808th chemical Company, Air Operations, attached to the 9th Air Force in Normandy, France, the caretaker of 15,000 toxic gas bombs. These bombs were removed to Nice, France by train from Normandy for disposal. Mr. Bost was a participant in this operation. After spending a year in France and Germany attached to the 9th Air Force, he was discharged in March 1947, completing his three year enlistment. After discharge from the Air Force, Mr. Bost completed his Architectural Education at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Southern Polytechnic State University in March 1950, at which time he joined the firm of A. G. Odell, Jr. and Associates in Charlotte, N.C. At the time of his employment, he was the sixth employee in a firm that was destined to grow to more than 180 employees with operating offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida. During his tenure, he attained and held simultaneously corporate offices of Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and member of the Board of Directors of Odell Associates Inc. for more than twenty years; Chairman of the Board, CEO and Treasurer of Sherwood Printing Company. During his last 15 years in practice, his primary practice responsibility was that of Risk and Claims Manager and coordinator of legal and insurance matters. In 1985, he was appointed by Governor Jim Martin to the North Carolina Licensing Board of Architects on which he served for ten years; three years as President, one year as Vice President, and two years as Secretary/Treasurer. In addition he served two years as Chairman of the Southern Region, (12 states and two territories), of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and was a member of many of their committees. He was the Architectural member of a committee mandated by the Governor to develop an energy code for North Carolina in the 1970's. Mr. Bost's other interest includes art, poetry, travel and writing. He considered himself an amateur artist; he is a published poet and guest columnist for local papers. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project and or Blue Ridge Parkway. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com

Walter Benjamin Osborne, III - Walter Benjamin Osborne, III, the most loving father and husband, a passionate Florida Gator, and dedicated American patriot, past Friday, May 31, 2013, at his home in Charlotte, NC. He was 56. "Ben" was born on January 13, 1957 in Richmond, VA and was the son of the late Walter Benjamin Osborne, Jr. and Mary Holmes Osborne. A graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design from the College of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ben has spent the past 13 years working at McCulloch England Associates as a Sr. Project Architect. In his free time, his passions included family time, golfing, kayaking, and he was also was an avid gun enthusiast. He is survived by his loving wife, Veda Lynn Osborne; his two children: son Joshua Quintin Crocker Osborne - fellow gun enthusiast, his daughter Olivia Marlowe Osborne - his silver moons' shining star; his brother Mark C. Osborne of Chesapeake, VA; daughter-in-law Verena Crocker Osborne and grand-daughters Hailey & Amanda Crocker Osborne of Charlotte, NC; father and mother-in-law Chuck & Marilyn Crocker of Mt. Pleasant, TX; nephews Adam & Dustin Osborne of Chesapeake, VA and lastly his loyal Great Dane companion, Petey. Ben will be remembered by his family and friends for his lifelong guidance in teaching us about the value and importance of family. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." Thank you Benjamin. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to be made to the "Defeat GBM" research initiative, "In memory of Walter B. Osborne, III" via www.braintumor.org and then selecting the 'Donations' tab. James Funeral Home of Huntersville is serving the family of Mr. Osborne and online condolences can be made at www.jamesfuneralhomelkn.com.

Hugh Edward White Sr., AIA, 99, died April 29, 2013, at Plantation Estates. Ed was born March 14, 1914, the son of the late Hugh E. White and Mary Green White. He grew up in Gastonia and graduated from Gastonia High School in 1930. He attended Davidson College in 1931, but after his freshman year, returned to Gastonia where he began his career in architecture as a draftsman during the Depression in the office of his father, one of the first architects in the Carolinas. In 1940 he entered Georgia Tech to resume his study of architecture. He received his bachelor's degree there in 1943, immediately followed by his commissioning in the U.S. Navy at Columbia University Midshipman's School. In World War II, he served aboard the USS Dixie and the USS Telfair in the Pacific theater for three years including landings for invasion of Hiroshima and Okinawa, where his ship was under Kamikaze attacks. After his discharge as Lt. J. G. in 1946, he joined the firm of Walter Hook, Architect, in Charlotte. The firm, noted for its excellence in design of health care facilities in North and South Carolina and Virginia, was named Freeman White Associates in 1968. Before Mr. White's retirement as vice president in 1981, he was involved in the firm's civic educational and governmental projects. His favorite project was the first Charlotte Douglas Air Terminal building, which he helped design and direct in 1952.

Mr. White was one of the founders of the Charlotte Section of American Institute of Architects and member of the North Carolina chapter of AIA. He was a member of the Downtown Charlotte Rotary Club, director of Charlotte Senior Forum, and President of Charlotte Astronomy Club. He was Handyman Coordinator of Shepherd's Center, and for 14 years he and his wife, Harriet, delivered Friendship Trays.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Boy Scouts of America, Myers Park Presbyterian Church Building Fund, and Hospice of Charlotte. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com

Obituary can be found here

Mr. Robert W. "BobSelfMr. Robert W. "Bob" Self, 79, of 1949 Bellemont-Alamance Road, Burlington, passed away at 7:45 a.m., Sunday, March 24, 2013, at his residence following several years of declining health and two weeks critical illness. A native of Alamance County, he was the husband of Kathryn H. Self, who survives of the home, and son of the late Guy Self and Mozelle Ray Self. Bob was an architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He was a member of Davis Street United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men, and he also served as the Burlington District President. Bob had served on the Governor's Committee to write the Handicap Accessibility Codes and was an Adjunct Instructor at ACC where he also served on the Industry Advisory Committee. He served as a youth basketball coach, a tutor at school, and a volunteer with Loaves and Fishes.

Bob's family would like to express their thanks to Hospice as well as the E.M. Holt Fire Department for their loving care and compassion.
Memorials may be made to Davis Street United Methodist Church Building Fund, 606 E. Davis St., Burlington, NC 27215 or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
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