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Samuel Thomas Hurst IV

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Samuel Thomas Hurst IV Obituary
1921 - 2015 Samuel Thomas Hurst IV, the dean of the USC School of Architecture and Fine Arts from 1961 through 1973, died April 10 at age 94 in Montecito. Early in his career, Hurst worked in the private sector and taught at Tulane University and Georgia Tech, his alma mater. After serving in the navy during WWII, he became the youngest Dean of Architecture and Fine Arts at Auburn University. At USC, Hurst worked to build one of the most experimental programs in the U.S. He had studied with Walter Gropius at Harvard and brought many modernist lecturers to USC, including Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, and Mies Van der Rohe. He was instrumental in USC Architecture taking over maintenance of The Gamble House in Pasadena. Hurst was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a founder of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, and a founding board member of The Sustainability Project in Santa Barbara. His wife of 30 years, Lillian Gershenson Carson, described him as a true Southern gentleman who loved music and dancing, politics, nature, and photography. He is survived by Carson, three stepchildren and six step-grandchildren, as well as his first wife, Melinda Hurst and three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A brother, John Hurst, survives him. At his request, there was no service.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 20 to May 24, 2015
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