Harry B. Richman

Harry B. Richman, July 24, 1922 – October 14, 2015.

Beloved husband of Shirley Richman; dear father and father-in-law of Martin (Lisa), Eric and Suzanne Richman; dear grandfather of Michael and Brian Richman, Megan Madigan and Adin Buchanan; dear brother of David Katz; as well as dear uncle, cousin and friend to many.

During World War II, he achieved the rank of Captain in the army Air Corps and served in the South Pacific as a meteorologist.  When the war ended, he returned to St. Louis and enrolled in the Washington University School of Architecture, from which he graduated in 1949.  As a student, he was asked to help with logistics for the design competition for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.  He was responsible for unpacking the submissions for the jury to assess. When he viewed the submission from Eero Saarinen, he immediately thought,this is it and he was right. It would become the city’s iconic symbol, The Gateway Arch.  In 1957, Harry worked with the firm of Murphy & Mackey.  In 1968, he became a principal with the firm Murphy, Downey, Wofford & Richman, where he was closely involved with many projects for Barnes-Jewish hospital and Washington University Medical School. In 1995 he retired after nearly 50 years in practice.  Following his retirement, Harry began painting water colors and received multiple awards. Harry combined an architect’s eye with a keen instinct for light and color, creating vibrant images of buildings and landscapes. This prolific body of work remains as one of the lasting legacies of his life.

Graveside service Sunday, October 18th, 2:30 PM at B’nai Amoona Cemetery, 930 North and South Road. Memorial contributions of your choice preferred. Visitbergermemorialchapel.com for more information.