Honored AIA Member Passes

Evan Cruthers, FAIA, retired President and CEO of Media Five Ltd., passed away after a long illness in Port Angeles, Washington, on July 23, 2009.

Cruthers was greatly involved in AIA activities. In 1987 he served as the President of the Hawaii Component; in 1990 became a member of the AIA National Board; and in 1991 was elected Region Director at the Whistler, B.C. Region Conference. He served alongside James R. McGranahan, FAIA as junior director. In 1993 he assumed the position of senior director.

For 28 years Cruthers worked for Media Five Architectural firm. He started there in 1972 and retired as President and CEO in 2000. Cruthers was the catalyst for the firm’s international growth into Japan, Australia and California. With his work on the USS Arizona Hall, Cruthers was one of the first architects to recognize sustainability. He will be deeply missed.

Cruthers is survived by his wife and family. Donations may be made in his name to 1st Presbyterian Church of Port Angeles, 139 W. 8th Street, Port Angeles, Washington 98632.

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