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William Kessler

Died: Saturday, November 16, 2002
Grosse Pointe Park resident William Kessler, 77, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002.

Mr. Kessler served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946.

He received his bachelor's degree in architecture from the School of Design in Chicago.

After receiving his master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1950, Mr. Kessler was appointed an instructor in design for the school.

He later moved to Grosse Pointe with his family, where he worked as chief designer for Leinweber, Yamasaki and Hellmuth, Architects in Detroit.

He established the architectural firms of Meathe, Kessler and Associates in 1955, William Kessler and Associates in 1968 and, in 1999, Kessler Francis Cardoza Architects.

Mr. Kessler has served on many design award juries, including two sessions at the Stuttgart Design Center in Germany. He also served twice as a member of the AIA Followship jury.

He served as vice president of the Grosse Pointe Human Relations Council and was instrumental in bringing Whitney Young and Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at Grosse Pointe South High School.

He was a member of the Planning Commission and City Council of Grosse Pointe Park.

As a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Kessler received numerous awards including the Gold Medal in 1974 and 1976, the Hastings Award in 1984 and the Charles A. Blessing Award in 1996.

Mr. Kessler was an active sailor, tennis player, painter and sports car enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife, Margot; his two daughters, Tamara (William ) Checkley and Chevonne (Michael) Patten; and three grandchildren, Aaron, Alexander and Ariel Wagner.

Arrangements were made by Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Architectural Foundation, 553 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226 or Congress of International Modern Architects, 12 Gramercy Park, New York, NY 10003 or Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
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