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Michael Stohlman Metcalfe


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Michael Stohlman Metcalfe Obituary
April 9, 1938 - January 5, 2018 Michael Stohlman Metcalfe, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on January 5, 2018. Michael was born in Monrovia, living in multiple cities throughout his youth. Whether it was in the desert, the mountains or at the sea, he enjoyed all that was around him. His rich background shaped his love of public spaces and urban environments, which led to his career in design, urban planning and people-oriented architecture. His adult life was spent in Westwood, California, where he left a lasting impression on his community. After high school Michael served in the US Naval Reserve and then went on to Chouinard Art School. In 1970 he graduated from UCLA's Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. His work has ranged from international award-winning projects in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the Far East and major urban projects throughout the United States. There were many boards and community associations that were the beneficiaries of his vast knowledge, loyalty, dedication and advocacy. He served on the Executive Committee of the Dean's Council and was president of the Alumni Association of GSAUP at UCLA. He was past president of the Westwood Homeowner's Association. Most recently he served on the Westwood Architectural Design and Review Board, and LANI (Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative). In his final days, he exhibited his long and true desire for life and his love of family. Many family members, friends and colleagues came to visit and share their stories of what he had meant to them. He will be remembered as someone who elevated everyone's lives with his warmth, kindness and intellect. He was a champion of people's dreams. Mike is survived by, his devoted wife, Eloise Lopez Metcalfe. They shared a life that was based on a deep love and admiration for each other. They recently celebrated fifty years of marriage at Hotel Bel Air where they had held their wedding reception. He is also survived by his children, Brady (Karen) Metcalfe, Marisol (Todd Levin) Metcalfe, Morgan (Heather) Metcalfe and seven grandchildren, Aidan, Michael, Sara, Lindsey, James, Henry and Anna. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Lopez Oosterhouse and her children, Todd (Caroline) Oosterhouse, Tyler (Erin) Oosterhouse, Sienna (Will) Penick, Carter (Amy) Oosterhouse and her grandchildren, Gavin, Lucia, Ava, Mia, Pilar, Cate, Isabel, and Flora, who looked to Uncle Mike as more than an uncle. A memorial Mass will be held on January 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Los Angeles, California. Father Arturo Guadalupe Chavez, a lifelong friend, will preside at the celebration. In lieu of flowers please support the Michael Metcalfe Scholarship at Emerson Middle School (LAUSD) for students interested in Architecture and Urban Design.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2018
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