Steven C. Gatschet, 71, Phila. architect, professor

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Posted: August 08, 2012

Steven C. Gatschet, 71, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects in the 1990s, died Wednesday, June 20, at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Since 1996, Mr. Gatschet had been a design architect for the School District of Philadelphia, his wife, Abbie Kinzler, said. And for the last 30 years, she said, he had been an adjunct professor of architecture at Drexel University.

From 1965 to 1975, she said, he worked for several Philadelphia architectural firms, including that of Robert Venturi.

From 1975 to 1985, he worked with the Philadelphia firm GBQC.

A 1991 newspaper report about his selection as president of the institute stated that at that time he was an associate with MPB Architects of Philadelphia.

Mr. Gatschet was the project architect for MPB's work on the new emergency and trauma center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the report stated.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Architecture.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he earned a bachelor's degree in architecture at Arizona State University in 1964.

From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Gatschet was the rector's warden - head of the church council - at Trinity Memorial Church in Center City. He was also a soloist in the church choir there.

Besides his wife, Mr. Gatschet is survived by a son, Andrew; a daughter, Stephanie; a stepson, Gabe Kinzler; a stepdaughter, Katie Diaz; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife, Nancy Gatschet.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Trinity Memorial Church, 22d and Spruce Streets.


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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