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Marvin "Bud" Fitch (1916-2017)

 
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:10 pm    Post subject: Marvin "Bud" Fitch (1916-2017) Reply with quote

I came across an obituary for an architect named Marvin "Bud" Fitch who died at age 101. (It's what we do at my age, read obits.) It indicated that his career included a brief stint at Taliesin. This would have been after WWII. He is not mentioned in the directory. Nor is any of his work shown online from the firms he worked with in the Chicago area, Lobell, Schlossman and Bennett, and later in partnership as Lowenberg + Fitch.

It also states that he worked with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy after the war ... which must have been a hit-and-run affair, since LMN died in 1946. Perhaps his encounter with FLW was similarly incidental? Has anyone heard of him?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Have not heard of Fitch but was really surprised to learn that LMN died in '46.
I did not realize he was that old or that he died so young.)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom wrote:
(Have not heard of Fitch but was really surprised to learn that LMN died in '46.
I did not realize he was that old or that he died so young.)


Born in Hungary in 1895, Laszlo Moholo-Nazy succumbed to leukemia in
Chicago in 1946, aged 51. His cousin was conductor Sir George Solti.

In 1923 Moholy-Nagy was named the Co-teacher of the Preliminary Course, and the head of the Metal Workshop at the Bauhaus, where he served until 1928. He was proficient in photography, typography, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and industrial design.

Moholy-Nagy reached Chicago in 1937 (by way of Germany, Holland, and Britain), where he headed the New Bauhaus. Undaunted when that enterprise folded after only one year, he started a School of Design in 1939. Ten years later his School was integrated into the Illinois Institute of Technology.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=marvin-fitch-bud&pid=187687534


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"gone too soon."
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also of interest concerning LMN, his wife, Sybil, was one of the finest architectural historians. Her book, "Native Genius In Anonymous Architecture In North America," (1957, revised 1976) is excellent.
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