Rosemary D. Grimshaw MArch '78
Rosemary D. Grimshaw MArch '78, former assistant professor of architecture, died on Sept. 15 after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 53.
Grimshaw would "want people to remember her as a teacher, a person who inspires her students by giving them glimpses of life that are passionate and real," said Professor of Architecture William L. Porter PhD '69, former dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. "She hoped that those glimpses would inform their designing."
Grimshaw provided her students with these glimpses by holding several active positions outside of the Institute. She was founder of the Cambridge architectural firm Linea 5. She served as principal designer for several projects, including the Atlantic Union College Master Plan, the Strategic Land Plan for the Taconic Foundation in Vermont, the Great Pond Bay Resort on St. Croix, and the Support and Administration Building for the New York Power Authority.
Grimshaw was also a senior member of the Arrowstreet Inc., design team for the Massachusetts Archive on Columbia Point, and had recently completed work on new homes in Boston, New Milfrod, CT, and Jackson, MS.
Outside experiences add dimension
These outside experiences added an extra dimension to her teaching, Porter said. Grimshaw was able to bring elements from her real life experiences into the classroom, he said.
Grimshaw dealt with problems in "a warm and compassionate and human way," Porter said. She "tried to bring architectural form into that vision."
Grimshaw graduated from Em-manuel College in 1965, received her master's degree from MIT in 1978, and joined the faculty in 1980. She was associated with the Center for Real Estate up until she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 1994.
Grimshaw won several awards for design excellence, including a Gov-ernor's Design Award for the Harvard Square Garage and Builder's Design Awards for the site plan and houses at Nashaquisset on Nantucket.
She was also a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. She served on the board of directors of Smokey House in Vermont, a Taconic Foundation program that trains impoverished citizens in farming and forestry.
Grimshaw is survived by her mother, Rose Danehy; three brothers, Kevin Danehy, Sean M. Danehy, and Alfred Danehy; a sister, Ann McMullan; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice of Cambridge, 245 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02154 or to Smokey House Center, RFD 292, Danby, VT 05739.