In Passing: Robert (Bob) F. Harrison

Robert (Bob) F. Harrison, former Architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, was born in North Vancouver on February 4, 1925 and passed away on September 8, 2014 at his home in West Vancouver. Robert attended schools in North Vancouver and after leaving high school joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1943. He served on the frigate HMCS Antigonish for two years as a radar technician and one year in the North Atlantic.

After demobilization, he articled with McCarter Nairne Architects and was registered with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia in 1955. Robert started his own practice in 1963, one of the successful Architects for the design of Simon Fraser University, he was given the library and the Administration Building to design. Robert was appointed AIBC Registrar in 1962. He was also the director of the Vancouver Chapter and was later admitted to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

In 1982 he was Commodore of the West Vancouver Yacht Club. Robert was active in the cultural affairs of Vancouver and a founding member of the Vancouver Opera Association. He was a long time member of the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver. Robert was an active sailor, racing in the Vancouver area and cruised many times up the coast of BC. For ten years a hiker on our local mountains then hiked in the Alps, New Zealand and Switzerland. There will be no service by request. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Save the Children Fund.

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