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H. Herbert Kashian ’59

Published in July 6, 1994, issue

HERB, AN ACCOMPLISHED architect, died of food poisoning in N.Y.C. Oct. 19, 1992. At Princeton, Herb majored in architecture and graduated magna cum laude. He participated in freshman crew, Glee Club, and chapel choir.

After graduation, Herb attended Harvard, earning an M.F.A. with distinction. He then headed west and became chief architect for Harry Carter Associates in Chicago, designing and supervising construction of more than 40 buildings. After moving back east, Herb was Henri Bendel's interiordesign architect, and he co-designed Pierre Cardin's N.Y.C. headquarters.

He was involved in projects at Lincoln Center, the New York Public Library, Ellis Island, Avery Fisher Hall, Faunces Tavern, South Street Seaport, the Naval Academy, and Boston's Opera House, Faneuil Hall Market, and Boylston Street. During Harvard's 350th anniversary, the graduate school of fine arts did a retrospective of Herb's work. For five years before his death, Herb worked on several major projects of the diocese of the Armenian Church of America. In his eulogy for Herb, the archbishop said "his was a labor of love, which recognized no boundary; he was devoted to every task down to the smallest detail. In this way, Herb's character expressed the finest virtues of his chosen profession."

Herb is survived by his brother, Gregory, to whom we extend our deepest sympathies.

The Class of 1959

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