Alumni, Faculty and Friends - In Memoriam

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In Memory of John S. Stuart

October 27, 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of John S. Stuart on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.  The world lost an amazing human. He will be missed.

John was a licensed Architect, Structural Engineer, and Cal Poly Professor from 1964-1987.  He received his Architecture degree from Texas Tech and a Masters in Education-Counseling and Guidance from Cal Poly.

During his tenure at Cal Poly, he taught 2nd and 3rd year Practice.  He was elected to the Academic Senate for three years, including serving on the Dean's Committee and Head of Supplementary Admissions Program.

In his words - "During my teaching career, I'm most proud of the student built projects.  I believed that students should have the opportunity to go through the same process for a project as any Architect in an office would. Those being- close contact and revue with client throughout the project; preliminary design; contract documents; cost estimates and cost control; and construction."  John's favorite student projects included: (1) steps and post-tension concrete bridge from parking lot to campus grounds behind the Food Processing building, (2) Sundial in Poly Canyon, and (3) Bridge to Agriculture building.

Professor Emeritus John Stuart led an amazing life as a veteran of World War 2, professional, and professor. He was an inspiration and amazing human being.  He is dearly loved by his family and friends.

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia , Radical Architect, Co-founder of Superstudio, dies at 78.

July 30, 2019

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, the Florentine architect who co-founded the renowned avant-garde architectural group, Superstudio, died July 30th at his home near Ascoli Piceno, Italy. He was 78 years old.  Born in Florence in 1941, Toraldo di Francia’s influence on contemporary architecture, design, and urbanism was profound. He came of age in the 1960’s during the social and political upheavals that challenged political, cultural and artistic norms the world over. In architecture, post-war modernism was in crisis, lost in a corporatized system devoted to formal concerns. For Toraldo di Francia, professional architectural practice disregarded the profound changes occurring in politics, technology and mass production.

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Bradford Alexander McCurdy

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Alumnus, B.Arch 1995. College of Arch and Environmental Design (Major: Architecture)

Bradford Alexander "Brad" McCurdy passed away unexpectedly on November 14, 2018 at the age of 47 following a sudden cardiovascular episode. Brad was born at The Presidio of San Francisco on August 2, 1971. He enjoyed a childhood filled with love and laughter and, as the son of an U.S. Army physician, was given the incredible gift of travel. Brad developed a special connection to Germany during his family’s tour in Frankfurt and always valued the rich culture he experienced while living there.  After graduating in 1989 from Terra Linda High School, in San Rafael, Brad fulfilled his dream of studying architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He earned a spot in two of the 4th year study abroad programs including DIS, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, and a faculty-led program in Prague.  He graduated with his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1995.  Brad was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

In Memory of James (Jim) Maul, Architect

NOVEMBER 8, 2018

James H. Maul passed away Oct. 11, 2018, in Santa Rosa. He was 91. He was born in Covina, where he met and married Beverly Wagner. He graduated from USC with a degree in architecture and began his “green” architecture in Southern California. Maul moved his family to Morro Bay. He taught architecture at Cal Poly and continued his successful and extensive environmental architecture with projects spanning throughout San Luis Obispo County. He spoke eloquently about respecting the environment and leaving the smallest imprint. He loved spending time with his wife, family and friends. He enjoyed lots of adventure, travel, pen-and-ink sketching, flying his plane and dedicating time to the environment and community. His wife, Beverly, preceded him in death on June 19, 2017. The couple is survived by six children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A public celebration of life gathering for the couple will take place on December 1, 2018 from 11am-2pm at the Morro Bay Maritime Museum at 1210 Embarcadero Street, Morro Bay, CA.  We hope that you will join family and friends in this tribute to the passing of one of our most cherished local architects and his beloved wife.

In Memory of Donald P. Grant, Professor 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.

In Memory of William Ross

March 16, 2018

Alumnus, B.S. 1953 College of Arch and Environmental Design (Major: Architectural Engineering)

William "Bill" Ross passed peacefully and surrounded by family on March 16, 2018. Born in 1926, Bill survived a tough childhood and was taken in by his beloved Aunt Pearl, Uncle Larry, and cousins Larry, Pat, and Tom. He lied about his age to join the Navy in 1943. His service during World War II, with several major engagements, including the Battle of Leyte Gulf, as well as the post-war atomic bomb testing known as Operation Crossroads--these years provided him the great themes of his storytelling life. And what stories! Chief among them was his being awarded a certificate by the Grand Council, Exclusive Order of Guinea Pigs, signed by his commanding officer and conferred upon all the participants of Crossroads Tests Able and Baker. Bill suffered from skin cancer through all his subsequent years. After the war, he received a degree in architecture from Cal Poly, married the great love of his life, Roselee, and had two kids, Wayne and Linda. He worked with a number of local architectural firms, helping with the design of several Sonoma County schools. He spent the last years of his working life as a building inspector. Bill's great passions were his family, his friends, his stories, golf, the 49ers, and the SF Giants (Dad, we hope you win your annual bet for a Giants World Series victory).

In Memory of Frank G. La Barge, AIA

July 15 , 2017

Alumnus, 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

Cal Poly Architecture Professor Emeritus [B. Arch. 1959 Cornell School of Architecture (Major: Architecture)]

Charles Quinlan taught Architecture and City Planning in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design 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.

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 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.


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