Doug Ryhn 1925-2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Douglas Church Ryhn passed away April 30, 2011. Born in Minneapolis in 1925, to Victor and Dorothy, he was educated in Chicago, and spent much of his life in Milwaukee. Doug graduated from the Institute of Design and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Following his early career in industrial design at Kaiser Aluminum and Inland Steel, he left the private sector for academia in 1971. For 27 years he was a Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and especially enjoyed teaching historic preservation and small town revitalization for which he received numerous awards. Doug loved traveling the world, he served as a visiting professor at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and led foreign studies programs to both London and Paris. Upon retirement, he co-founded Housing Empowerment Development Company (HEDC) to build affordable housing in Milwaukee.

Doug received various honors for his professional work. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. His personal interest in Wisconsin's architectural history was reflected in the Historical Preservation Achievement Award he received in 1990 from the State Historical Historical Society of Wisconsin. An Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contributions to the Cultural and Visual Growth of the City of Milwaukee was presented to Ryhn by the Milwaukee Art Commission in 1989. That same year, he received the Preservation Award from Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

Doug's work was one of his greatest satisfactions in life; among his other joys were sailing, reading and great food. Doug relocated to Arizona in March to be closer to family and enjoy the sunny weather. He is survived by his sister Martha McConnon, daughters Erica McQueen (Phoenix) and Kristina Ryhn (Seattle), step-children Robin Campbell, Scott Campbell and Ann Campbell Wasson, and grandchildren Nora, Ida and Gregory. His wife Wini preceded him in death.

Memorial gifts may be made to the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) in Doug's name.