Deceased June 2, 2014

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In Memory

John died of a heart attack June 2, 2014, while traveling in the south of France. After Amherst he attended Princeton, where he received a degree in architecture in 1956. For 14 years he was employed in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where he served as chief of design for the President’s Advisory Council on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1963.

He was the first staff director of the President’s Temporary Commission on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1965 and 1966. He served as project designer for the Capitol Reflecting Pool and National Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., as well as for the Stanford Center for Research and Development in Education at Stanford University.

In 1972, after Congress authorized the creation of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation, John became the founding director and presided over the preparation of the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan. He left PADC in 1977 after the plan had been completed. He returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and served as principal and consultant to several architectural firms. He was the co-author, with wife Sally and several others, of four guidebooks to the architecture of San Francisco and Northern California. He was honored as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1974. He and Sally divorced, and in 1975 he married the noted poet Carolyn Kizer. He is also survived by son Larry ’80, daughter Pamela and three stepchildren.

Dick Snodgrass ’51