Architect Edgar A. Tafel dies

January 25, 2011

Cornell University benefactor and former visiting instructor in architecture Edgar A. Tafel died last week.

The following is the obituary published in the New York Times on January 21, 2011:

TAFEL — Edgar A. Died at home January 18 at age 98. From 1932 to 1941 Edgar was an original member of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Fellowship; he is the last survivor. While there he served as project architect for Fallingwater, Johnson Wax and Wingspread among many others. He was principal of his own highly creative architectural practice in New York from 1945 to 1986 that produced many churches and synagogues, college buildings and houses. Known for his sharp wit and acerbic commentary, Edgar authored two books on Frank Lloyd Wright. He was also active in community affairs, serving on his local community planning board as well as being President of the Washington Square Association. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Associate of the National Academy of Design. He will be missed by his cousin Joan Scott, his loving caregiver Lerna Gillett and her entire family, his devoted physician Dr. Jerry Clements, and his close friends Robert and Roberta Silman, as well as the entire architectural community to which he gave so much. A memorial service is planned for early February at the Center for Architecture.

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