Chapel Hill: Obituaries

Robert Luther Myers

Robert Luther Myers passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016.Mr. Myers was born in Macon, Georgia in 1926, son of John Henry Myers, Sr. and Ada Leake Myers. After the death of his father, John Henry Myers, Sr. in 1927, he moved with his family to Winston-Salem in 1930. He was educated in Winston-Salem schools: Summit, Wiley and Reynolds High School and attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for two years. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Infantry and Medical Corps in Europe. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University (under Gropius). He won the Prix De Rome in Architecture in 1953 for travel and independent study in Europe, the Mideast and Egypt. He taught architectural design at Cornell University for two years.Mr. Myers was one of ten founders of what is now the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art. His architectural practice in Winston Salem included the residences of Anne Reynolds Forsyth and Dr. and Mrs. Charles Howell. His architectural practice in New York City and Connecticut included academic facilities for Yale University, Brooklyn College, Trinity College and Saint Michael's College. His last major architectural project before retirement was the World Corporate Headquarters of the Stanley Works in New Britain, CT. He retired from architecture in 1988 to his country place in Litchfield County, CT where, as a trustee he was an active member of the Washington, CT Art Association.Throughout his life creating and collecting art were major interests. His own work has been shown in New York, Connecticut and North Carolina. From his collection of art by others he has donated works to the Graylyn Conference Center, Summit School and the Ackland Art Museum of UNC, Chapel Hill, where a gallery bears his name and where he was a member of the Ackland's National Advisory Board. His extensive art collection is willed to the Ackland Museum and a perpetual acquisition fund is to continue adding art to the Robert Myers collection there. He was a member of the Chancellor's Club and the Gerrard Society of UNC, Chapel Hill.In 1990 he endowed two principal chairs of the Winston-Salem Symphony: The John Henry Myers, Sr. Chair (Flute) and the Robert Luther Myers Chair (French Horn).In 2008 he was invited to be a founding member of the National Advisory Council of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County to contribute to the two-way communications network of idea-sharing from his residence in Connecticut.Surviving is a twin sister, Mrs. Charles Howell.A graveside service will be at Forsyth Memorial Park 11:00 a.m., June 8, 2016. A luncheon will be held following the service at the Old Town Club, 2875 Old Town Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.It is requested that any memorial donations be made to the Ackland Art Museum, 101 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 or the Winston-Salem Symphony, 201 North Broad Street, Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.Online condolences may be sent to <a href="http://www.salemfh.com" target="_new">www.salemfh.com</a>

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