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1926 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Earl Nisbet Obituary
Earl Nisbet
June 17, 1926 to February 20, 2013
Resident of Aptos, California
A few weeks after cancer was discovered our dear friend Earl passed away from us on February 20 at the VA hospice in Palo Alto.
Earl served in the Army in Europe during WWII. Earl was always passionate about architecture, in particular Frank Lloyd Wright, and was accepted to study at Taliesin. His time at both Taliesin West and East both greatly influenced his life and career as an architect in every way.
All through his life he embodied the principles of Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture. His mother give him an autobiography of Wright for his 19th birthday, and he married his late wife Barbara, also a Taliesin apprentice, on Wright's birthday, at Taliesin West.
Earl's family were the other apprentices from the Taliesin's, and he always kept in touch with many of them organizing meetings for them to stay in touch and collaborate.
In Chris Watson's Santa Cruz Sentinel piece about Earl dated Sunday, July 9, 2006, Chris wrote "Earl has also been a lifeguard, a prankster, a soldier, a car aficionado and a world traveler, life events you can read about in his memoir "Taliesin Reflections: My Years Before, During, and After Living with Frank Lloyd Wright." available on Amazon.
When the minister at the VA hospital asked him what his religion was he proudly said, "My religion is Nature, with a capital N.", which is a quote from Mr. Wright.
Earl was very proud of the fact that his life's architectural work is preserved at UC Berkeley's Environmental Design archive where it is available online.
A private memorial is being planned for April 13th. Contact Michael McMenemy at burma1950@gmail.com for details if you wish to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to UC Berkeley Environmental Design Archive, Attention: Waverly Lowell, wlowell@berkeley.edu.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Mar. 29, 2013
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