In Memory of Donald P. Grant

Donald Pete Grant passed away peacefully at home December 13, 2017

Don was born April 17, 1938 in rural Oklahoma, the son of Donald Peter Grant and Ruby Mae Langley. He earned his Bachelors of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, and his Masters of Architecture at the University of Utah.  He later completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

He practiced architecture in Salt Lake City, Utah, London, England,  and New York City, and then in 1967 joined the architecture faculty at Cal Poly where he taught generations of students. He was a recipient of the Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching award, and received many awards and recognitions during his long teaching career.

He had a life-long interest in affordable and handicapped housing, and served as president of the San Luis Obispo non-profit housing board. He was also active in community arts, serving on the board of Pacific Repertory Opera.

He was the long-time publisher of the Design Methods Group Journal, and contributed much to the science of design methodology.

He was an avid collector of many things, including model trains, toy soldiers, and cats. He greatly loved to travel and to attend concerts, plays, and ballets, and considered it a personal accomplishment to have been present at the first partnering of Nureyev and Fonteyn in London in the 1960’s.

He was predeceased by his youngest daughter, Cass Grant, and is survived by his ex-wife Ann Grant, daughter Mary Grant, son-in-law Doug Harvey, grandchildren Rowena and Lula, all of Pasadena, and by Drew Morris and Jennifer Turner of Grover Beach.

A memorial service is being planned for May 12, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 at Cal Poly. Please contact the Cal Poly Architecture Department at 805-756-1316 for additional information.

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