To all members and friends of AIA Savannah,
Yesterday we lost a great member of our architectural community. It is with great regret that I notify you of Ron Kolman’s passing. We all knew and loved Ron as a founder, leader, mentor, and friend. I truly believe that Jerry Lominak stated it best by saying, “I think Ron considered his fellow architects as his extended family”. I think we all feel the same about Ron.
Below is Ron’s obituary, as printed in the Savannah News Press this morning, including service times and locations.
On behalf of the Chapter, I send our deepest condolences to Ron’s family and co-workers. Ron will be greatly missed and always remembered.
Patrick L. Phelps, AIA
President, AIA Savannah
Ronald Kolman FAIA – passed away quietly on Tuesday, December 1st.
He was born in Savannah on September 18, 1932 and was predeceased by his parents, Barney and Eileen Kolman. Mr. Kolman was an accomplished and highly respected architect and public servant. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1957 and returned to Savannah to establish practice here that lives on as Lominack Kolman Smith Architects.
Among his many achievements were his public service with MPC, Historic District Board of Review, Historic Savannah, Union Mission, many other civic organizations, as well as many city and county appointments. He was also a charter member of the Savannah Sport Fishing Club.
His service to his profession was unequaled. His professional achievements were many. He served as President of the South Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects six times, received Bronze Medal (AIA Georgia), the Kolman Award (AIA Savannah), the Rothschild Award (AIA Georgia), and became a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2001.
Mr. Kolman enjoyed traveling and exploring the country with his wife and friends. He loved woodworking and was a member of the Low Country Woodturners. He loved his family dearly, was an advocate for those in need, volunteered tirelessly to bring joy to others, and worked very hard to make Savannah a better place for all of us.
Mr. Kolman is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anne Lee Tyree Kolman, two daughters, Anne Kolman Smith (Edgar) and Karen Kolman Gwinner, his sisters Bette Kolman Perry (Edward) and Dolores Kolman Beacham (Franklin), grandchildren, Amy McKinney, Chris Gwinner, Ben Gwinner, Edgar Smith III, and Rosie Gwinner, two great-grandchildren and several neices and nephews.
Memorial Visitation: 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M. Friday at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.
The family requests that donations be sent to any charity of choice.
Please sign the on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com .