John F. Dawson
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — John F. Dawson, 87, succumbed to his 12-year battle with Parkinson’s disease and shingles, peacefully passed away with his wife, Ruth, of 63 years, at his side in Colorado Springs, Colorado on January 2, 2017.
John was born in Stambaugh, where he graduated from high school before attending the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Michigan.
Upon graduating (1953) he taught several years at the University and then joined the Army. For 30 years John had a successful architectural practice. It was while John was in the nation’s capital that George H.W. Bush (1990) appointed him to the position of Architectural Preservation Officer for both the Old Executive Office Building and the east and west wings of the White House, from which he retired in 1995.
Soon after retirement, John was selected to oversee the permanent restoration of significant sites for two years at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
Finally, John and Ruth were able in 1998 to fully retire splitting their time between Eagle Harbor in the summer and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, in the winter. They moved to a retirement facility in Colorado Springs (2015) to be closer to family, including four grandchildren and two great-grandaughters.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Eagle Harbor on Thursday, August 3, 2017.