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Piercy K. Reibsamen

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Piercy K. Reibsamen Obituary
June 30, 1928 - September 11, 2017 Piercy Kay Reibsamen, FAIA, passed from this life peacefully at home on September 11, 2017 of natural causes. He was 89. P.K. was born June 30, 1928, the only child of Piercy F. Reibsamen and Grayce C. Dickinson, in Britt, IA. They moved to Long Beach, CA, in 1945. He studied engineering at Long Beach CC, and graduated from CSU Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, 1952, with a BS, Architectural Engineering. In September 1952 he married Jacquelyn Andre, of San Luis Obispo, and moved to Los Angeles to begin married life, a lifelong career, and a family. In 1959, P.K. was named Assoc. Partner and Dir. of Architecture at Honnold and Rex, Architects. He became managing partner in 1968, and served as president of the succeeding firm of Reibsamen, Nickels and Rex. He directed the successful completion of many landmark projects and received of many awards of excellence of design and execution from the architectural profession and civic organizations. From 1966, P.K. was a corporate member of the American Institute of Architects, active in Education and Professional Development committees. He lectured and critiqued at Schools of Architecture and Environmental Design for CSU Cal Poly and UC Berkeley and served as library design consultant for UCLA and faculty advisor USC. P.K. was presented the 2004 Octavius Morgan Distinguished Service Award for his significant volunteer contributions-as a commissioner for 40 years-to the California Architects Board. His interest in the education and training of new architects led him to work in developing standards and evaluations for the profession. P.K. and his second wife, Jackie, moved to Valencia in 1988. He joined the Sunrise Rotary Club, where he was the editor of the newsletter, served as treasurer, and flipped pancakes for breakfasts for many years. He designed the SCV Veteran's Historical Plaza. He contributed many hours to the SCV Senior Center. He received commemorations from L.A. county and CA State Assembly for his service on the Board of Directors of the Sam Dixon Foundation. He served as treasurer until he resigned in 2017. P.K. Reibsamen will be missed for his strength and character, and mourned for his humanity by peers, associates, friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; his children, Andrea Reibsamen (spouse Stephen Doyle), Venice, CA; Christopher Reibsamen (spouse Suzy), Moorpark ,CA; Matthew Reibsamen (spouse Michele), Fallon, NV; his stepsons, Stewart Sher (spouse Judy), West Hills; and David Sher (spouse Carol Lynn), Sylmar; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. A Celebration of Life is scheduled; for information please contact [email protected] Support, in his honor: Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center: myscvcoa.org; or the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers: sdfhc.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 4 to Oct. 8, 2017
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