John Edward Wyman known to all as Jack, died Friday April 17th, 2015 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. He was 76 years old. Jack is survived by his wife of 53 years Dorothy Lassiter Wyman, daughters Ann Ruble (Ernie) and Catherine Storey (Judd), grandchildren Adam and Christopher Ruble, and Ashton Storey, brother Lee Wyman (Jackie), nieces Amy Vallidis (Nick) and Beth Wyman, and grandniece Maia Vallidis. Born in Martinsville, VA on May 31st, 1938, the son of Edward and Mary Helen Wyman, Jack grew up in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University, College of Design, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1961.
He began his career working at several small architecture firms in North Carolina for approximately five years. During this time, he also became a Licensed Architect. Next Jack moved to Cambridge, MA to work for The Architects Collaborative (TAC). Jack’s first assignment when he arrived was to work with Walter Gropius, one of the fathers of modern architecture. The project was an office tower located in Cleveland, OH, which was Gropius’ final design. As Jack continued to work at TAC, he went on to be the job captain for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Headquarters in Washington DC. A chance encounter at an AIA Convention with Charlie Sappenfield, the new dean at Ball State University, lead Jack to give teaching a try. In 1970, he came to Ball State University in Muncie, IN to teach the first graduating class of fifth year thesis students. He enjoyed the students so much that he continued as a Professor of Architecture teaching Design Studios and the Philosophy of Architecture for the next 45 years. During this time, he also continued his private practice and completed award winning design projects. In 2001, Jack was the inaugural recipient of the Charles M. Sappenfield Award of Excellence in teaching chosen by the alumni, represented by Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Board.
The Memorial Service will be held on May 23rd, 2015 at 2:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie. Jack and Dottie are 40 year members. UUCM is located at 4800 W. Bradford Drive, Muncie, IN 47304. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Charles M. Sappenfield Guest Lecture Series Fund for the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University in Jack’s name.
The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com
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