Remembering longtime faculty member Doug Menzies

Doug Menzies, a longtime faculty member in the architecture program – both in Spokane and Pullman – passed away on February 4. His obituary, as it was written by his family and as it will appear in the Spokesman-Review, is below. There will be a memorial service for Doug on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Spokane. Our deepest condolences are extended to Doug’s family and friends. We are all the better for Doug having been a part of our school, and part of our lives. He will be deeply missed, but always remembered.

Menzies, Douglas W.

Douglas Menzies passed away on February 4th at his home in Spokane, WA surrounded by family. He was born at home in Fifield, Wisconsin on December 14, 1936 to Lois and Richard Menzies. Doug’s parents and sister Jacqueline Kornelle preceded him in death. Doug is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Elizabeth Menzies-Lang (Andy) and Becca Shew (Eric) and grandchildren Margaret, Duncan and Emma Lang.

Doug’s early years were spent in Fifield and Hinsdale, Illinois. He attended various colleges and universities and served in the U.S. Navy. After the navy, Doug earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, CA where he met his wife Joan. He also attended the University of Minnesota where he earned the degree of Master’s in Architecture. He practiced as a licensed architect in California and Illinois in various firms, notably William L. Pereira Associates. Doug found teaching Architecture at the university level the most rewarding part of his professional life. He taught at various universities, spending nearly 30 years at Washington State University in Pullman and Spokane.

Family, teaching, travel and fly fishing were the loves of his life. Doug was loved for his uncomplicated civility, patience, and kindness. Beneath his quiet demeanor was a gentle meticulousness that revealed itself in a love of draughtsmanship of technical drawings, fly tying, and art of all kinds. Doug was not about shortcuts but the daily practice of quietly, methodically honing skills. He inspired by example. The things he loved were as sweet and uncomplicated as he was: chocolate malts, Sherlock Holmes, and reading science fiction and imagining cities of the future.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 18 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Spokane, followed by a reception in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, Doug requested donations to the Douglas and Joan Menzies Architecture Scholarship Fund at Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93404-0443.

Doug Menzies