David Lewis Paulson died at home on a beautiful, crisp autumn morning, Oct. 10, 2017, surrounded by the love of his family. David was born on May 5, 1931, in Heron Lake, Minnesota, the son of Sylvanus and Adela Pietsch Paulson. He attended elementary and high school in Heron Lake, graduating valedictorian in 1949. He received a B.A and a B.Arch. with Distinction in 1955 from the University of Minnesota, where he was a member of Alpha Rho Chi, a fraternity of architects and the allied arts. He was a licensed architect in Minnesota and Colorado and received emeritus status from AIA Colorado upon his retirement. On September 10, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, David was married to Joy Lois Larsen, a native of St. Louis Park, Minnesota. A year later they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where David earned his M. Arch. Degree at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. In 1957 David joined the faculty of the Department of Architecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He participated in the founding of the School of Architecture and subsequently the College of Environmental Design (later named the College of Architecture and Planning). He was granted the title Professor Emeritus on his retirement from the university in 1991. During leaves of absence from the University of Colorado, Professor Paulson was a member of the faculty of fine arts at the University of Connecticut at Storrs in 1966-1967, a member of the faculty of the Institute for Shipboard Education on Semester at Sea in 1977, and Visiting Research Professor in the faculty of architecture at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music holding a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a research grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. He published several articles in professional journals in the United States and Japan. He was a frequent participant as a panel moderator for the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs and for the City of Boulder sponsored Annual Pedestrian Conferences. His university service included twelve years as a member and chair of the Boulder Campus Planning Commission and five years as member and vice chair of the Graduate School Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He was a founding member of the Boulder Committee on Social Responsibility, in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and an organization that evolved from that committee, Housing for Everyone through Local Programs, Inc. (HELP), which provided housing purchase loans for families of limited means prior to the implementation of Boulder's City housing programs. He served also on and chaired the City of Boulder Board of Zoning Adjustment. He frequently traveled to Japan for architectural research. Following retirement, he enjoyed extensive foreign travel, including Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Western and Eastern Europe. Prof. Paulson was a member of The American Institute of Architects, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Institute for Urban Design, American Federation of Teachers, Association for Asian Studies, and International House of Japan. He was active in international education, twice leading University of Colorado traveling seminars on architecture and design in Japan. He frequently served on selection committees for students for the Study Abroad Committee in International Education at the University of Colorado. He published several articles in professional journals in the United States and Japan. In professional practice, Prof. Paulson was an associate and a partner in the Boulder Architectural Practice of Easton Associates, later the Easton Partnership. He was involved in the design of many Boulder area residences, educational facilities for the Boulder Valley School District, and the 1973 addition to the Canyon Boulevard facility of the Boulder Public Library, the Children's Library and Non-print Media Center that bridged Boulder Creek, which was his favorite built project. David's parents; brother's John "Jack" Paulson, Mark Paulson; sister-in-law, Mary Maloney Paulson Kook; a son-in-law, Brian James Ruff; and David's spouse and loving best friend, Joy, preceded him in Death. Survivors include two daughters, Martha Mary Paulson and Sarah Katherine Ruff; a son, Joseph David Paulson; sister-in-law Lanee Paulson; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a niece and three nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers David's family requests that memorial gifts be made to TRU Community Care hospice, 2594 Trailridge Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 or trucare.org. or the Colorado Music Festival, 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 80026 or comusic.org.
Published in The Daily Camera on Oct. 29, 2017.