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Philemon Fowler Sturges III ’52 *55

Published in Nov. 16, 2005, issue

Phil died in Boston May 24, 2005, of a lung infection.

Born in Bend, Ore., Phil graduated from the Lennox School and attended Trinity College in Hartford before entering our class as a sophomore. He majored in architecture at Princeton, staying on for the master's program and finishing in 1955.

He belonged to Campus Club and, according to his sister, Libby Browne, his most memorable activity at Princeton was the late-night decorating, done with his fellow architecture students, of a massive wall of the Corwin Building with the quotation from Shelley's "Ozymandias": "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair" in white paint.

Following naval service in Japan, Phil prospered as an architect with the Providence, R.I., firms of Millman and Sturges, and Sturges, Daugh & Salisbury, and then, after three years in Rome, with Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, Mass. Later, after forsaking his architecture practice, Phil prospered writing children's books and in his words, "earthsongs praising the new-found connection 'twixt science, nature, and religion." His avocations included restoring a house in Boston's South End and caring for a pair of Etruscan truffle-hunting dogs.

Phil is survived by his wife, Judy Sue; daughters Sarah, Julia, and Elizabeth; and two grandsons. To them, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1952

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