Robert Geddes
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Robert Geddes, the first dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture and a prominent modernist architect, died Feb. 13 at age 99. Geddes arrived at the University in 1965, and in 17 years as the architecture dean, he established an intellectual community that integrated design, history, and theory along with ties to the social sciences and public policy. “For Bob, architecture was always enmeshed in a complex web of social, political, and ecological relationships,” Stan Allen *88, one of his successors as dean, said in a University obituary. Geddes also left his mark in the wider Princeton community as the designer of the dining hall quad and social sciences building at the Institute for Advanced Study.