JOHN R. FORRESTER

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FORRESTER JOHN RICHARD FORRESTER "Rick" John Richard "Rick" Forrester founder of Forrester Construction Company passed away unexpectedly on August 29, 2014. He was 55 years old. Mr. Forrester built the Forrester Construction Company into one of the largest privately owned construction companies in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, playing a critical role in the development of the DC region. An award-winning company, Forrester Construction managed some of the region's most difficult, challenging and notable construction projects including the reconstruction of the Pentagon post 9/11, the expansion of Arlington National Cemetery, the renovation of Ford's Theatre, in addition to numerous hotels, office buildings, and schools. Mr. Forrester enjoyed the challenges of projects that required creativity and technical expertise, such as the Smithsonian National Zoo Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit and the renovations of the award-winning kitchen and guest rooms at The Inn at Little Washington, an internationally acclaimed restaurant and hotel. Mr. Forrester was particularly proud of Forrester Construction Company's many contributions to the local community including work mentoring and developing small and minority-owned contractors. He was a natural born teacher, who saw and helped to develop the full potential of others. Mr. Forrester graduated with a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and an MS from Georgia Institute of Technology, both in mechanical engineering. Many considered him ahead of his time. His master's thesis on the newly emerging area of self-adaptive building energy systems won a national award. As a young engineer, Mr. Forrester worked in Scientific Systems Corporation, the family's manufacturing business and later with a major international contractor. A man of big ideas and large projects, Mr. Forrester founded the company in 1988 during a time of economic recession. Anticipating that computers and technology would be transforming the construction industry, he began to develop an innovative infrastructure that propelled Forrester Construction forward when the economy recovered. His brother, D. Scott joined the company shortly after its founding, and they were joined later by their oldest brother David. A true renaissance man, Mr. Forrester loved the blues of the Mississippi Delta, the powerful roar of a Harley Davidson, and the peaceful beauty of the countryside. He lived life with an infectious enthusiasm and intensity that inspired others. He was always a gentleman who had the rare ability to listen with kindness, sensitivity and strength that made others from all walks of life, feel heard, seen, and supported. Mr. Forrester served for several years on the Board of Directors of the and was known for his generosity to numerous causes and even individuals, including befriending some of the homeless he met on the streets of DC. He cared about everyone and could never turn down a reasonable request for help. He had a spiritual sense that the world was his family. A devoted and caring father, a loving and passionate husband, and trusted friend to countless others, Mr. Forrester is survived by his wife, Natalie X. Korytnyk Forrester, his sons, John Edwin and William Stratford, his mother Anne A. Forrester and his brothers David S. Forrester, D. Scott Forrester and Michael A. Forrester, their wives, Georgiana, Shelly, and Courtney and 9 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John S. Forrester. The family is in the process of planning a memorial gathering to celebrate his life in October. Mr. Forrester never wanted to receive; he only wanted to give. In this spirit, his family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the of the National Capital Area.


Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 4, 2014
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