January 5, 2016 Respected Architect, Robert Holsaple, Dies

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Robert Holsaple receives the 2013 AIA East Tennessee Gold Medal Award.[/caption]

Robert D. Holsaple passed away on Dec. 27, 2015, at the age of 89.  Holsaple was a well-respected architect and a founding member of McCarty Holsaple McCarty, a successful architecture and interior design firm.  A former faculty member of the College of Architecture and Design, Holsaple was known in the college for his passion for teaching students.

By all accounts a man of integrity and passion with a wonderful sense of humor, Holsaple is remembered by professionals for his contributions to iconic designs in Knoxville.  He was a member of several boards and served as chairman of the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for several years.  Holsaple was a faithful member of Fountain City Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon, elder, trustee and choir member, and a member of the West Knoxville Rotary Club for more than 48 years.  He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, writing and piloting private aircraft.

Holsaple is survived and greatly missed by his devoted wife of more than 64 years, Lillian Holsaple; sisters-in-law, Wanda Thomas and Tommye Louise Rankin; many cherished nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends; and his church family.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Holsaple’s memory may be made to Fountain City Presbyterian Church.  The College of Architecture and Design offers deepest sympathy for the passing of Bob Holsaple and celebrates his enduring contribution to the profession and to the futures of many young architects.