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Donald Prowler, Architecture

Donald Prowler, an architect and a lecturer in GSFA, died February 7 of kidney cancer at his home in Center City. He was 51 years old.

On the faculty of both Penn's Department of Architecture since 1976, and the School of Architecture at Princeton University for a number of years, Mr. Prowler was also a visiting lecturer at other institutions including Cornell, University of Virginia and University of Chicago. He taught design studio and technology courses focusing on the thermal and luminous performance of buildings and industrialized building systems.

He was the author of the book Modest Mansions: Design Ideas for Luxurious Living in Less Space. He edited Teaching Passive Solar Design in Architecture and Passive Solar: State of the Art.

A Fellow of the A.I.A., Mr. Prowler owned his own firm, Donald Prowler & Associates, and specialized in ecologically sound and energy-efficient building design, passive solar design, and affordable housing.

He won a number of awards during his career, including the Progressive Architecture Research Award for his work on energy-curriculum development for schools of architecture. Mr. Prowler was also recognized by Architecture magazine as a co-developer of the publication Designing Low-Energy Buildings.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mady; a son, Matthew; a daughter, Rachel; his parents, Millard and Gloria Prowler; and a sister.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Adoption Center, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 701, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 23, February 19, 2002


February 19, 2002
Volume 48 Number 23

Penn has again proven to be the launching pad for presidents of colleges as two Penn people (Diver & Fry) are tapped for such posts where they will each be the 14th president come July 1.
GSE will have an acting dean in the fall while Dean Fuhrman will be on a scholarly leave.
The architecture department loses an award-winning long-time lecturer to cancer at the age of 51.
The Dental School opens a dental clinic specifically for children.
Phasing out the Wharton Evening School program which led to a bachelor of business administration brings changes and options.
The Government Affairs Update includes President Bush's budget proposal, Mayor Street's budge and Penn's Commonwealth Appropriations.
A description and composite sketch of the assailant who is wanted in connection with rape at the Sheraton Hotel as well as safety tips from Public Safety.
Penn Video Network and ISC now offer production and distribution services as well as streaming video and videoconferencing