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A sister of Jackâ€™s lived in Novato, for whom he had once designed a house, and Luâ€™s family at the end of her life consisted of Jackâ€™s nephews and nieces, one of whom, Christian Goepel, gave particularly generously toward assisting and overseeing her welfare and security during her final several years. She also kept in touch with numerous friends and clients from their Minneapolis days, such as Tom Olsen (and Merle Sykora) with whom she and Jack wintered as neighbors in Phoenix; other former Taliesin Fellowship members, such as Carl and Elaine Book of Santa Rosa, Virginia Medeiros (now deceased), Walter Medeiros of Berkeley (who built for Jack and Lu interior components that Jack designed for their Novato residence); friends from the years during which Lu and Jack worked at Aaron Green's office in San Francisco; Novato neighbors Marty Adams and others; various Wisconsin and Minnesota architects and architectural historians, including Tim Quigley (past president of the FLWBC), who is writing a monograph on Jackâ€™s architectural career; other architectural historians and writers, including Kathryn Smith; and a filmmaker, Rob Barros, who is currently producing a documentary on Jack Howe.
Luâ€™s mind was as sharp as ever, and she continued to read prolifically and hold strong opinions on politics, society, and all manner of subjects until nearly the very end of her life.
Now we learn about Lu Howe. The ranks of those who had straight line contact with the Wrights is, sadly, rapidly thinning. A process than unfortunately cannot be reversed.
As an aside, I personally feel that Jack Howe and Gene Masselink are two people who have yet to receive proper professional credit for keeping FLW's practice and the Fellowship functioning, both during Wright's lifetime and certainly after his passing.