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Addis Marshall Osborne, 97, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2011, at Reeds Landing in Springfield, MA. He was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Osborne, originally of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, where Addis was born and raised. His family later moved to Chicago, IL, where he met, married, and is survived by his wife, Johanna Viehe-Naess. Their joy-filled marriage lasted until his death, which gave them over 70 years together. Addis was a World War II Veteran, serving in the Army Ordinance Department. He earned his MFA Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he studied with Bauhaus professors Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, Ludwig Hieberseimer and Walter Peterhaus. He went on to study at Northwestern University and the Goodman Theater in Chicago. For many years, he taught children's art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and he taught drawing at the Illinois Institute of Chicago. Throughout his life, he traveled in Europe and the Americas, always carrying his sketchbook, amassing many drawings that delighted his friends, family, and onlookers. His professional career in architecture began in Chicago, where he worked with Holabird and Root Architects; Shaw Metz, and Dolio Architects and Engineers; Metztrain, and Voungren Architects and Planners, where he was vice president from 1972, until 1974. Some of his major architectural projects were for the University of Chicago Undergraduate and Business School Interior Renewal Programs, including the Harper Library, and Business School Library, churches, banks, high-rise apartment buildings, college dormitories, telephone company buildings, and private homes throughout the United States. Mr. Osborne was formerly Assistant Director and Exhibit Designer for the Museum of Our National Heritage, now the National Heritage Museum, in Lexington, MA from 1975 until 1988. After he retired from the museum, he went on to design major exhibits in the greater Boston area as a partner, and senior designer for Museum Services Associates in Waltham, MA, and for private clients and institutions, including Wade Associates in Sedona, AZ. While at the Museum of Our National Heritage, he designed and mounted over 125 changing exhibitions dealing with subjects related to American History. He provided graphic design services for the production of exhibition catalogs, posters, the event calendars, and brochures. He designed the museums gift shop. During this phase of his career, Addis was producing exhibitions in cooperation with renowned national and international institutions, such as the Society of the Preservation of New England Antiques (now Heritage New England), the British Library, the Oakland Museum, the Canadian War Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archeology, and Ethnology at Harvard University, the Museum of American Textile Industry, and many others. His private client list for exhibition design and consulting includes the Philbrook Art Museum, Tulsa, OK, the Harvard University Peabody Museum of Science and History, Edwin L. Wade and Associates, Methuen Historical Commission, State of Massachusetts, the Higgins Armory, the Armenian Museum and Library of America, Historic Deerfield, and many others. Addis was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of the Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Literary Club, the Cliff Dwellers, where he served as president, and the Tavern Club of Chicago. He and his wife were life-long summer residents of Williams Bay, WI, where they owned a home on the Bay of Lake Geneva. A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Reeds Landing, 807 Wilbraham Rd., in Springfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Addis's memory may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sampson's Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home , 21 Tinkham Rd., in Springfield, MA.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on June 29, 2011
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