In Memory

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Issue 2: Community Scale Economics

Rose Marie Rabin, HAIA

Rose Marie Rabin Epstein, one of ADPSR’s revered founders, died this past summer about a month before her 76th birthday.

Rose Marie had served as a WAC during WWII and subsequently married and raised a family. As a progressive and creative woman, she also earned a BA in sociology from Cal State University and a master’s in urban planning from Antioch College, and worked 10 years as Associate Director of the Victor Gruen Center for Environmental Planning in Los Angeles. Programs she developed in crime prevention, environmental policy, and education won awards from both the City of Los Angeles and the American Planning Association.

After Victor Gruen’s death, the center closed and Rose Marie was invited to the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). There, until her retirement in 1995, she served in a multitude of functions, including student services administrator, librarian, and special programs coordinator.

The alarming nuclear arms race during the cold war era prompted Rose Marie in 1981 to launch Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR). Not one to passively watch this military escalation, she had turned to her wide circle of colleagues in the design and planning field, and challenged them to stand up and be counted in protest. Rose Marie’s vibrant energy helped the new organization develop chapters in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities, and she continued as a force behind ADPSR programs for nearly twenty years. For her work with ADPSR, Rose Marie was awarded honors in the early 1990s from both the Los Angeles chapter and the national American Institute of Architects.

Rose Marie is greatly missed by her many colleagues in ADPSR and the architectural community. Her memory, however, will continue to be an inspiration for all to work toward a more humane world.

Kermit Dorius, FAIA

Kermit Dorius, one of ADPSR’s most respected elders, died this past summer at the age of 73. A noble man with deep compassion for those less fortunate, Kermit will be remembered for his humanitarian work as much as his professional leadership.

Kermit obtained a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He established his own architectural firm in Newport Beach, California that became a respected leader in the design of multi-family housing. In 1994, Kermit Dorius Architects became JBZ Dorius Architecture and Planning, and subsequently JBZ Architecture and Planning.

Kermit held several offices in the Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, including president. In 1977 he was named an AIA Fellow.

In 1986, Kermit established the Orange County Chapter of ADPSR that organized several peace projects, most notably a citizen diplomacy effort spearheaded by Kermit that brought architects from the former Soviet Union to the United States and American designers to the USSR. Kermit also served on the board of the Eos Institute for the Study of Sustainable Living, that started as an ADPSR Orange Country project.

With his wife, Arlene, Kermit participated in peace walks through the former Soviet Union and Viet Nam, and encouraged younger activists organizing some of the great peace walks in this country as well.

For the last 10 years, Kermit served on the board of directors and led several projects for HomeAid Orange County, a charitable organization supported by the building industry that develops shelters for homeless women, children, and men. Early in 1999 he was presented HomeAid’s Volunteer of the Year award. HomeAid has established the Kermit Dorius Memorial Fund to continue his community work of serving those in need.

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