Society of Fellows


Vito Acconci, FAAR 1987

Vito Acconci, enigmatic poet, installation artist, and designer of buildings, landscapes, performance pieces, and videos, died on April 27, 2017. He was 77. 

Richard Wilbur, FAAR 1955

Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur, FAAR 1955, died on October 14, 2017 at the age of 96.

Gunnar Birkerts, RAAR 1976

Architect Gunnar Birkerts died of congestive heart failure on August 15, 2017.

Brian Curran, FAAR 1994

Distinguished art historian Brian Curran died on July 11, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. He was 64.

Diane Lewis, FAAR 1977

Architect Diane Lewis died on May 2, 2017 in New York City. When he heard of her death Richard Meier, RAAR 1974, said, “At the center of her pursuit of a moral ideal for the profession of architecture is a bold willingness to interrogate the most fundamental elements of history and civilization.”

Ronald G. Witt, FAAR 1997, RAAR 2010

Ronald Witt died on March 15, 2017. He was 97. Christopher Celenza, FAAR 1994, and Timothy Kircher have written a salute to him in the newsletter of the Rennaisance Society of America.

Anna Marguerite McCann, FAAR 1966

Dr. McCann died on February 12, 2017 in Sleepy Hollow, New York at the age of 83. The first American woman to work in underwater archaeology, she did the underwater surveys in the excavations at Cosa. In   1998 she was awarded the Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement by the Archaeological Institute of America. 

William Plumb, FAAR 1986

Designer William Plumb, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome as well as the  Industrial Designers Society of America died on February 9, 2017. He was 82. 

James Ackerman, FAAR 1952, RAAR 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980

James Ackerman, Fellow, Resident, and trustee from 1967-1984 died on December 31, 2016 at the age of  97.

Houston Conwill, FAAR 1985

 Sculptor Houston Conwill, 69, died on November 14, 2016.

Anna Campbell Bliss, FAAR 1984

Anna Campbell Bliss passed away on October 12th, 2015 at her home in Salt Lake City after a long illness at the age of 90.

Steven Stucky, RAAR 2006, AAR Trustee

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, Resident and Trustee of the Academy

Leslie Bassett, FAAR 1963

Composer Leslie Bassett died on February 4, 2016 in Oakwood Georgia.

Catherine Fruhan, FAAR 1989

Art historian Catherine Fruhan died on November 20, 2015 in Indiana.

Gregory Leftwich, FAAR 1991

Gregory Leftwich, Fellow in Classical Studies and Archaeology, died on December 13, 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana. He was 64.

John Eaton, FAAR 1962, RAAR 1975

Composer John Eaton died on December 2, 2015 from complications following a fall. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a concert at Symphony Hall in Manhattan.

Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FAAR 1991

Landscape architect Peter Schaudt died suddenly on 19 July at this home in Villa Park, Illinois. He was 56.

Michael Graves, FAAR 1962, RAAR 1978

Academy Fellow, Resident, and Trustee Michael Graves died on March 12, 2015 at the age of 80.

Ezra Laderman, FAAR 1964, RAAR 1983

Ezra Laderman died on February 28, 2015. He was 90 years old.

Milton Hebald, FAAR 1955

“Milton Hebald was ‘without doubt the most important living figure sculptor,’ Anthony Burgess, the English novelist and literary critic, wrote in 1971, but he nonetheless predicted that few people, even among the cognoscenti, would remember his name.” So begins Milton Hebald’s obituary in the New York Times

Mark Strand, RAAR 1983

Mark Strand, writer, editor, critic, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Poet Laureate of the United States died at the end of November at the age of 80.

Sam Hunter, AFAAR, early 1950s

Art historian, curator, art critic, and museum founder Sam Hunter, AFAAR c. 1950, died on 27 July in Princeton, New Jersey.

David Rosand, RAAR 2011

In memoriam: David Rosand, 1938-2014

Rebecca Molholt Vanel, FAAR 2005

Rebecca Molholt Vanel died in Paris on 12 July of pancreatic cancer. She was 44.

Lee Hyla, FAAR 1991, RAAR 2005

Composer Lee Hyla died on 6 June in Chicago from complications of pneumonia. He was 61. He had been preparing to serve as composer-in-residence at the New England Conservatory's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice later this month.

Frederic Schwartz, FAAR 1985

Architect Frederic Schwartz died on 28 April, 2014. He was 63 years old. 

Terry Adkins, FAAR 2010

February 9, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are saddened to announce the untimely death of artist and friend, Terry Adkins.

Terry was an intrepid and accomplished artist, performer, musician, and educator who approached his life and work with enormous spirit, audacity, humor, and indefatigable intellect. He was a beloved professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, whose influence will be felt by younger artists for years to come. He died suddenly in his home on Friday night from heart failure. He was 60 years old.

Henri V. Jova, FAAR 1951

Henri Vatable Jova, FAAR, 1951, FAIA, FASID, founding partner of the Atlanta architecture firm Jova/Daniels/Busby (JDB), died on January 13, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida, after a short illness. He was 94.

James Gresham, FAAR 1956

16 January, 2014

Friends and Colleagues:

Jim passed away this morning after defying most people’s odds in his years-long battle with cancer.  

Thomas F. Mayer, FAAR 2008

Dear Friends,

I write with the sad news that Thomas F. Mayer (1951-2014), FAAR '08, has passed away after a long illness. Tom, as he was known to friends, was a Rome Prize Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.  

Charles Babcock, FAAR 1955, RAAR 1987

Charles Babcock, FAAR 1955, RAAR 1987 
by David Hahm

Charles Luther Babcock died December 7, 2012 at the age of 88.

Oscar Hijuelos, FAAR'86

Writer Oscar Hijuelos died suddenly on October 12, 2013. His novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love won the Pulitzer Prize. 

Emilio Gabba, AFAAR'55

Emilio Gabba, a 1955 Fulbright scholar at the American Academy in Rome and based for most of his career in Pavia and Pisa, died on 12 August 2013.

Lawrence Richardson Jr., FAAR'50, RAAR'79

Lawrence Richardson Jr., FAAR 50, RAAR 79, former Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the School of Classical Studies (1980–81) and Academy Trustee (1969–96), died on July 21, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina, after a short illness.

Harold Shapero, FAAR'51, RAAR'71

Composer Harold Shapero died on May 17. He was 93.

Luise Kaish, FAAR'72

Luise Clayborn (nee Meyers) Kaish, FAAR'72, died in New York City on March 7th after a brief and challenging battle with cancer. She was 87. A sculptor of soaring ambition and achievement, and a painter of gem-like abstractions, she leaves a remarkable legacy.

Malcolm Campbell, RAAR'98

Malcolm Campbell, RAAR'98 died on 27 January, 2013 at the age of 78. A memorial service will be held Saturday, 20 April at 3 pm in the Penn Museum’s Lower Egyptian Gallery.


Bert L. Long, FAAR'91 1940 to 2013

Visual artist Bert L. Long, Jr. FAAR'91 died peacefully on February 1, 2013.

Charles Babcock, FAAR'55, RAAR'87

Beloved classicist Charles Babcock, FAAR'55, RAAR'87 died on December 7 in Columbus, Ohio where he taught at Ohio Sate University. He was 88.

Architect Jean Paul Carlhian, RAAR'75

Jean Paul Carlhian, designer of grand museum buildings in Washington, D.C.  1919-2012

Eric Fulford, FAAR'92

C. Brian Rose, FAAR'94, RAAR,'12 remembers Eric Fulford