GATJE--Robert Frederick, an architect who served as partner of two AIA Gold Medalists and whose work is to be found in half a dozen countries, died on April 1, 2018 in New York City. He was 90. The cause was a stroke, according to Susan R Witter, his companion and partner of 35 years. Mr. Gatje worked with Marcel Breuer and Richard Meier as well as his own partnership, Gatje Papachristou Smith, during a career of 50 years, largely overseas. He was best known for his role in the design of two "Monuments of French Modern Architecture" - IBM's La Gaude Reseach Center and the ski town Flaine, as well as his award-winning Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Gatje was president of its New York Chapter 1975-76. Born in Brooklyn, NY on November 27, 1927 to the former Erna Kelting and Frederick C. Gatje, his marriage to Barbara Wright ended in divorce. He is survived by three daughters, Alexandra Gatje, Marianna Perrier and Margot Small; his sister, Norma Smith; three beloved grandsons, Lucas Perrier, Evan Small and Andrew Small; and Susan Witter. As a student, Mr. Gatje broke academic records at Brooklyn Technical High School and Cornell University, where he received his B.Arch in 1951. Prior to Cornell and service in the United States Corps of Engineers 1946-47, he studied at Deep Springs College 1944-46, an institution to which he often returned as Trustee and alumnus and received its Medal in 2008. He was a Fulbright scholar at London's Architectural Association School (the "AA") in 1951-52, president of Telluride Association 1953-55, and Trustee of the New York Hall of Science (1983-95) and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (1996-2013). A long-time member of the Panel of Neutrals, American Arbitration Association, he was also a member of the Century Association. Mr. Gatje was author of "Marcel Breuer, A Memoir", and "Great Public Squares, An Architect's Selection", a book that sets international standards for urban space. Contributions to Deep Springs College in his name would be appreciated.A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:00pm in the sanctuary of All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue at 80th Street in Manhattan.
Published in New York Times on Apr. 4, 2018.