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7 October 2011

In Memoriam: Henry Shriver

Henry Vannier Shriver of Norfolk, Va., Virginia Tech alumnus and architect of Cowgill and Burchard halls, died on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.

Shriver graduated from Virginia Tech in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in building design and again in 1954 with a masters degree in architecture. While a student, he was part of a group that, over the objections of some of their teachers, brought Frank Lloyd Wright to lecture at Virginia Tech in May of 1951.

Shriver’s firm, Shriver and Holland Associates, designed two of the primary buildings serving the School of Architecture + Design: Cowgill Hall, completed in 1969, and Burchard Hall, completed in 1998. In 2006, the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects gave Cowgill Hall its “Test of Time Award.” Shriver was a long-time member of the Dean’s Advisory Board in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. He was a strong professional mentor to generations of young architects in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

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