Roger Sherman Pratt, architect, country gentleman and devoted husband and father, died on December 11, 2011, at his home in Woodbury, CT, after a long illness. He was 73. Roger was passionate about design, cooking and fly-fishing. To the end, and even in sickness, he was kind and generous, uncomplaining and even-tempered. He loved carpentry and hands-on invention of all kinds, creating everything from beds and ingenious suspension systems to creepy Halloween costumes, tree houses and whimsical toys for his kids. Roger was an elegant man, equally at ease in an Italian suit or flannel shirt. A natural, graceful athlete, at school, he excelled in ski jumping and squash. Roger was born and raised in New York City and spent summers and school vacations in New Milford, CT, Martha's Vineyard and his family's fishing camp in New Brunswick, Canada. He was graduated from the Putney School, Amherst College and The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Architecture. He loved practicing architecture and did so for over 40 years, in Philadelphia for three decades and then in Connecticut. Over the years, his many projects included medical buildings, retail spaces, residences, apartment buildings and historic restorations. In 1994, Roger moved with his family to the farmhouse in New Milford, CT, that is adjacent to The Pratt Center, a nature center founded in 1967 by his father and stepmother, Eliot and Trudie Pratt. He practiced architecture from home and, in the evenings, prepared kid-friendly Marcella Hazan dishes and provided homework coaching for his young sons at his drafting table. In his later years, he often walked the local nature trails, accompanied by a son or two and his yellow lab, Anthony. Roger would be puffing on his beloved pipe or cradling it in his elegant hands; he and Anthony would regularly check on each other's whereabouts. Roger is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ann Nevel; five children--Suzanne Pratt Davis of Bronxville, NY; Elizabeth Pratt of Hoboken, NJ; Joseph Pratt of Hendersonville, NC; James Pratt and Nicholas Pratt, both of New York City; five grandchildren; and, his siblings Peter Pratt of Bridgewater, CT; Vera Pratt of Martha's Vineyard, MA and Jonathan Lash of Amherst, MA. The family requests that donations be made in Roger's memory to the ALS Association of CT at webct.alsa.org.
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Published in Litchfield County Times on December 16, 2011