Charles “Charlie” M. Sappenfield, FAIA, (83) passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013, in Ft Myers, Florida.
He entered North Carolina State in the Architecture program. He left to work for a year in Chicago as a Designer with Pace Associates Architects and then was drafted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he served on the Planning Board for European Inland Surface Transport in Heidelberg, Germany. He returned to graduate in 1956 from North Carolina State University’s School of Design with a Bachelor of Architecture and was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal.
After graduation, he taught courses in architecture at North Carolina State University and worked as a Designer for JB King Architect in Asheville, NC. In 1960 – 61 he received a Fulbright scholarship to Denmark and earned a graduate diploma in architecture from the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark. He returned to live in Asheville, NC and commuted to teach as a professor of architecture at North Carolina State University and Clemson University, while also operating first an individual architecture practice and then later an office with five architects – Sappenfield, Wiegman, Hall Architects. While in Asheville, he met and married Mary Frances McGowan and together they had two children.
Charlie became the founding Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University. Charlie was invited to serve as the dean in 1965 when the college became Indiana’s first and only state-supported architecture school.
Charlie received the Distinguished Hoosier award from Governor Otis Bowen and the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor in the State of Indiana, from Governor Robert Orr. He also received top awards by Indiana, North Carolina and the America Institute of Architects for his designs.
After retiring to Sanibel Island, Florida, he volunteered his services to re-design and complete the reception, kitchen and classroom facilities at St Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. During his retirement, he spent the winters in Florida and spent many summers in Copenhagen, Denmark, one of his favorite places.
He is survived by his son Ross, daughter-in-law, Laura, three grandchildren, Anne, Alice, Helena, and his daughter, Sally. He is also survived by his niece, Patty Edelman and nephew, Mike Campbell and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Dottie and brother-in-law, Keen Campbell.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11 AM at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church on Sanibel Island, Florida.