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Robert H. Dietz

Robert H. DIETZ Passed away peacefully May 8, 2006 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. He was born on Jan. 12th, 1912 in Crofton, NE, moving to Seattle at the age of 7. He graduated from O'Dea High in 1929 and the U of W in 1941, receiving a scholarship to MIT. At MIT he was employed at the Radiation Lab and also worked for the office of Scientific Research and Development at Princeton University, representing this division in bomb analysis during the war years. He was a full professor in the Architectural Dept. at the U of W and in1952 he joined Lawrence Waldron to form the partnership of Waldron and Dietz. Robert served on the design committee of the Seattle Worlds Fair and was appointed to the National Architectural Accrediting Board. In 1962 he was appointed Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning and elected to Fellowship in the AIA. During his tenure he established the department of Urban Planning, the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Building Construction and retired in 1980. That same year he married Sally A Hipp. Both avid golfers, they belonged to Sahalee CC where he was also President. They retired to Gold Canyon, AZ to pursue his love of golf and sunshine. Preceding him in death was his first wife Sarah Jayne Perkins (1973). He is survived by his wife Sally, three sons, Alan, Carl and Earl, 4 grandchildren, his sister, Virginia McNurlin, brother Denny and 5 stepchildren. At his request there will not be a funeral or a memorial service.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 15, 2006
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