Designer Of AFA Cadet Chapel Dies At 88

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A prominent Chicago architect who designed the Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has died. Walter Netsch Jr. was 88.

Netsch died of pneumonia Sunday at his Chicago home. That's according to his wife, Dawn Clark Netsch, a former Illinois state senator and comptroller who ran for governor in 1994.

Walter Netsch was a Chicago native who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He spent nearly all of his architectural career in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he concentrated on institutional projects.

His first Chicago structure was the 19-story Inland Steel Building, which was completed in 1958 and is now an official Chicago landmark.

The Cadet Chapel was dedicated on September 22, 1963.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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