In Passing: Dr. John Woodworth

Retired architect John Woodworth passed away on September 8, 2012 at the age of 88. Born in Vancouver, John volunteer for the Royal Canadian Air Force on his 18tth birthday, serving as a pilot during World War II, before entering the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. He graduated and registered with the AIBC in 1952. In 1955 he moved to Kelowna where he  established his own firm in Kelowna and remained until his retirement in 1987. Passionate about the arts, particularly music and theatre, John designed the Kelowna Community Theatre and the Eric Harvie Theatre at the Banff Centre. He was as an accomplished writer and avid environmentalist. He was a founding director of the Nature Trust of British Columbia and past chair of The Nature Conservancy of Canada. In 1990, the Government of Canada recognized his longstanding commitment to community service through membership in the Order of Canada. In 2000, Okanagan University College awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Laws. He is survived by wife Nancy and daughters Robin and Carol. A Celebration of Life was held on September 22. Those wishing to make a donation in John’s name are urged to do so to the Nature Trust of BC or a  charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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