WILLIAM CHALMERS AGNEW William Chalmers Agnew, 65, a resident of Pojoaque, architect and car enthusiast, died peacefully at his home, on Sunday July 28, 2013. He had been suffering from complications of West Nile encephalitis. Bill was born in Pasadena, California. He attended the Webb School in Claremont before going to college at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA (B.A., 1970) and graduate school at MIT where he received his Master of Architecture degree in 1976. Bill spent his career in Santa Fe where, in 1984, he founded Agnew and Associates Architects, later Agnew and Mifsud Architects. In his nearly 30 years as an architect in Northern New Mexico, Bill designed many notable buildings in Santa Fe and the surrounding area including the Bradbury Science Museum, Oppenheimer Place and Aspen Ridge Lodge, all in Los Alamos. Bill received a number of awards for his architectural work including the NAHB award for the best of Senior Housing for Ventana De Vida apartments in Santa Fe. His passion for design and building was as personal as it was professional; among other projects he designed and helped build was his home in Pojoaque and he restored a nearby adobe farmhouse, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Bill loved the outdoors-camping, hiking, and bicycling were among his favorite activities. He was also a rabid car enthusiast and spent much of his time driving, tinkering with, talking about, and writing about cars. Bill was an avid reader and tireless collector of interesting facts and colorful stories. Weather, science, history, geography, politics, and current events were some of his favorite topics and he always had a lot to say about all of them. Bill was a consummate entertainer and a fantastic cook and liked nothing more than talking into the early morning hours after a long meal with good friends. Somehow Bill managed to fit a bit of everything into his huge, full life. Bill loved his family and was a devoted husband for 36 years. He is survived by his wife, Flo Perkins, his two sons Marshall and Elliott Agnew, his two sisters, Mary-Ellen Agnew-Place and Margaret Agnew, and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews. He was an inspiring father and welcome friend who gave his heart and wisdom willingly. A memorial service will be held at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 1601 south St. Frances Dr, Santa Fe, New Mexico on Saturday August 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Habitat for Humanity or to the Pojoaque Valley Ditch Association. The family of William Agnew has entrusted their loved one to: DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espaï¿½ola Valley. 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900