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July 18, 2018

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June 24, 2016
John helped teach me what it is to be an architect,but also what it is to be a man. He is missed
January 21, 2016
Although I knew John was in failing health, it is sad to accept the passing of a wonderful,kind and caring human being. It was always a pleasure to be in the company of John and Anne, in my case usually at a party hosted by Marge and Walter Salmon. Yes, those were the days we recall fondly.

My deepest sympathies to Anne and her family.

Kurt Isselbacher
December 24, 2015
John and my dad were architectural partners for many years and some of my earliest memories are of visiting them in their office on Arrow St. in Harvard Square. During the recession in the early '70s, when building was slowand just before the Arab oil embargothey turned part of the office into a retail space and started selling a few Vermont Castings wood stoves to help cover the rent.

What timing! It got so busy that at age 11 I had the opportunity to work there on Saturdays, and continued on and off through college and a few years after.

John was a great mentor to me and a great influence in my choosing a career in design. A trusted grownup who was always willing to fill in if my dad was unavailable, one time even signing his "parental permission" on my learner's permit application.

Remembering him on Christmas Eve seems especially appropriate, as he came up with the best presents everthe most treasured being a wooden sailboat kit he designed and made. I had a great time putting it together and named it the Wasp, from the Stuart Little book.
November 26, 2015
I met John in 1968 when Davies and Wolfe made an unsuccessful bid to design what became the Wightman Tennis Center.
However, in his interviews I was greatly impressed and hired him to complete the design of another new building on Route 1 in Peabody, Mass.
He would be my architect for almost four decades, designing and supervising the construction of dozens of commercial buildings and some for my private residences.
He wasn't just a very fine architect; he was a terrific guy, a "mensch", just a wonderful man. In all that time I cannot recall a single time that we had a serious disagreement or that he ever disappointed.
I considered him a good friend who will be sorely missed.
Charles Rosen