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In Memory of Donald P. Grant, ARCH Emeritus

March 19, 2018

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. Please click HERE for the full obituary.

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.

In Memory of Frank G. La Barge, AIA

July 15 , 2017

Alumnus (1955 College of Arch and Environmental Design)
B.S. 1955 College of Arch and Environmental Design (Major: Architectural Engineering)

Frank G. La Barge was born in Pond Creek, Oklahoma, on December 6th, 1933. His family moved to California in 1936, driven West by the Dust Bowl. His parents, Bill and Pearl La Barge, ran the S & K Market on State Street for many years. Frank and his brother Bill worked in the market on the weekend. Frank also shined shoes on the corner of State and Carrillo streets. It was at Wilson Elementary School where he met his mentor and lifelong friend, Frank (Van) Van Schaick. He then attended La Cumbre Jr. High and SBHS ('51). Through these years he formed many lifelong friendships. Many outdoor adventures such as Van's Camp Conestoga and trips to the Sierras instilled in him a love of nature which he retained throughout his life. Frank participated in many sports such as racquetball, running and walking. After Santa Barbara High School, he graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1955 with a B.A. in Architectural Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1957. Frank worked for Carl L. Maston, AIA, in Los Angeles for 6 years and then for Thomas Wells, AIA, in Honolulu for three years. He joined Kruger, Bensen, Ziemer in 1967 and was made a partner in 1984. He retired in 2004. Frank was a skilled craftsman, working in wood and tile in his home. He met and married Mary Louise Allen in Honolulu in 1967 and the couple then moved to Santa Barbara where they settled and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mary Lou survives him with their children, Luke Joseph, his wife Hiroko Nancy, grandson Andre Makoto and daughter Molly de Lille. Frank was a devoted husband and father, a good friend and man of integrity. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed. Frank designed many buildings in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Hawaii including: the Lloyd T. Bush residence in Montecito, the County Bank (now Charles Schwab), the Santa Barbara County Social Services Center, Raytheon Building #9, the John S. Wright and Sons building, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Clyde P. Fisher Science Hall, and Long Beach City College Science Building.

In Memory of Charles Quinlan

april 5 , 2017

Alumnus (1959 Cornell University)
B. Arch. 1959 Cornell School of Architecture (Major: Architecture)

Charles Quinlan taught Architecture and City Planning at Cal Poly from 1966-1994. During his tenure at Cal Poly he was extremely popular and well-liked by his students and peers. In 1974 he earned Cal Poly's prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award. Even after his retirement Quinlan continued to hold Architecture Workshops during the summer until 2003 and was a regular volunteer and participant in the Life Drawing program for the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Mr. Quinlan is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Irene Quinlan; three children: Robert Quinlan, Patricia Quinlan-Margreiter and David Quinlan; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; as well as a brother, Frank Quinlan.

The full obituary can be read at

In Memory of David Valentine Schubert

august 18, 2016

Alumnus (1954 College of Arch and Environmental Design)
B.S. 1954 College of Arch and Environmental Design (Major: Architectural Engineering)

David Valentine Schubert, NCARB, AIA, age 84 of Bluebell, Pennsylvania and formerly of Peabody, Massachusetts passed August 14, 2016 after a long and full life. Dave was born in Orange, New Jersey on November 30, 1931 to the late Joseph and Louise Schubert. Dave received his B.S. in Architectural Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, and is a life member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Dave was a practicing architect for six decades, having designed many college/university athletic facilities and natatoriums from northern New England to North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Dave may be sent to the Architecture Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to support student scholarships. Donations may be made on-line at or by mail to Cal Poly, Architecture Department, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0282 (with notation: In Memory of David V. Schubert). 

In Memory of John Williams

July 18, 2016

Alumnus (1973 College of Arch and Environmental Design)
BARCH 1973 College of Arch and Environmental Design (Major: Architecture)

Longtime Northside Missoula resident, John Williams, 65, died on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at peace and with much grace as his wife gently held him. Despite living through years of the compounding challenges of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, he remained kind, generous, funny and loving. Now, he is free. … With a degree in architecture from Cal Poly, John then completed all but his dissertation for a Master of Urban Planning degree at the University of Waterloo. He then became one of the very early pioneers in the bicycle and pedestrian planning, and education field. … In 1972 as the 22-year old self-titled Bike Czar for the City of San Luis Obispo, California, John wrote and illustrated the City’s award-winning bike plan, one of the first in the country. He also wrote and published a newsletter called Cyclelateral Thinking adapting Edward de Bono’s lateral thinking approach to solving problems. Later John began editing a professional journal called Bicycle Forum, thus inspiring a whole new generation of bicycle and pedestrian specialists. He edited others’ articles and wrote many himself, drew illustrations and technical drawings, took photographs, and laid out each issue for nearly 20 years.

The full obituary can be read at




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