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Henri Vatable JOVA

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(Continued from previous column) Jova was the winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome at the American Academy for 1949/1950. A Fulbright Fellowship added an additional year of architectural study in Rome in 1951. On his return to New York City he worked for architectural firm Harrison & Abramovitz before moving to Atlanta in 1954 to join his first cousin's firm, Abreu & Robeson Architects, as chief of design. In 1966, he joined Stanley Daniels and John Busby to form Jova/Daniels/ Busby. He retired from the firm as chairman of the board in 2002. During his career he was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers. In 1985, Jova received from the Atlanta Chapter of American Institute of Architect the Silver Medal for "consistent pursuit of achievement of the highest quality in design." In addition he served as a member of the AIA National Committee on Design and as a member of the AIA National Honor Awards Jury. He was on the Board of Advisors at Cornell College of Architecture. Throughout his adult life he was active in the theater in New York and in Atlanta. He was involved with the original Wits End Players and was a life trustee of the Theater of the Stars that for many years brought Broadway productions to Atlanta. Jova also continued to have a parallel interest in painting . His work is in numerous corporate and private collections. He was a life trustee of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and served on the boards of the Visiting Nurse Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Fulton County Council of the Arts and the Atlanta College of Art. He was a Knight of Corpus Christi de Toledo (Spain) and a member of the Century Association, (New York City), and the Piedmont Driving Club (Atlanta) and a past member of the Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach). A celebration of his life is planned at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Thursday, April 3 beginning at 5 pm. He is survived by his partner of 40 years, David R. Rinehart of West Palm Beach and his nieces and nephews: Lisa Cline, Newburgh, NY; John Robert Cline, NYC; Peter Cline, Venice, CA and Margaret Jova de Gundberg, Madrid, Spain; Henry Jova, San Juan, Costa, Rica; Tom Jova, Palm Springs, CA. He was preceded in death by his brother, the Honorable John Joseph Jova of Washington, DC and his sister, Ines Jova Cline of Newburgh, NY. In lieu of flowers it is requested that a contribution be made to the Atlanta Botanical Garden (1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309) or to the American Academy in Rome (7 East 60 Street, New York City 10022-1001
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 2, 2014
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