Category Archives: Transitions

Elizabeth (Lisl) Close (1912-2011): A Pioneer of Modern Architecture

Elizabeth (Lisl) Close, a pioneering woman in the field of modern architecture, would have celebrated her 100th birthday today. She died of pneumonia in November 2011. Close developed an interest in architecture that took her from the University of Vienna to MIT in the 1930's, where she received both a B.Arch and M.Arch degree. She and her husband, Winston Close (B.Arch '27), established their firm, Close Associates, in Minneapolis in 1938, which became known for its modernist approach to design. She designed some of the first modern houses to be built in the Twin Cities and left her mark on the University of Minnesota, designing the music school as well as laying out the West Bank, Duluth and Waseca campuses….

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In Memoriam: George Dennison 'Dennie' Neilson

George Dennison ‘Dennie’ Neilson (B.Arch ’67) died January 31, 2012. He was a resident of University City, MO and North Redington Beach, FL. Born February 10, 1940, in St. Louis, he was the son of Dr. Arthur Wright and Janet Neilson. He attended St. Louis Country Day School and graduated from Clayton High School, Westminster College, Washington University with a BS in Architecture, and the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He was an associate at many St. Louis architectural firms throughout his career notably Claybour Associates, HOK, & William B. Ittner working on diverse projects from the Tuntex 85 Sky Tower in Taiwan to the rehab of the Fox Theatre and Plaza Frontenac. He was active…

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In Memoriam: Margaret Bubolz

Dr Margaret M. (Jacobson) Bubolz Ph.D. November 9, 1925 – February 4, 2012 Margaret (Peg) Bubolz (BS '47 Home Economics) died February 4, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan. After graduating from the University, she taught public school home economics, then entered the Minnesota Cooperative Extension Service. Margaret earned an MA degree at Cornell and PhD at Purdue in sociology. She worked at Pennsylvania State University, then Michigan State in the Cooperative Extension Service where she was Assistant and Associate Professor, then professor and chairperson of the Department of Family and Child Sciences from 1969-1974. She received the Distinguished Faculty and Honorary Alumni Award at Michigan State. Until her retirement in 1991, she taught and conducted research on quality of life….

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