Donald Beekman Myer (1937-2019)
DCPL Trustee Donald Beekman Myer, FAIA passed away unexpectedly on August 8th. Don called the city of Washington home since 1963 when there was ample opportunity to combine his architecture training with an emerging historic preservation movement. Early restoration work for the National Park Service was combined with HABS study of Washington’s architecture. Later, serving as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Don incorporated historic preservation experience with design review, including serving with the original Joint Committee on Landmarks and administering the Old Georgetown Board. He served on the faculties of the Smithsonian Associates and Catholic University teaching Washington architectural history and urban conservation. More recently, he also served as the Clerk of the Works for the Washington National Cathedral. Volunteer activities have included leadership roles with the American Institute of Architects and the Adams Memorial Foundation.
Don's trusteeship with the DC Preservation League focused on the Project Review Committee, where Don served from 2008-2019; he chaired the committee from 2010-2014. His participation and leadership have fundamentally shaped the character of Washington, DC, through the review of major development projects affecting historic landmarks and within historic districts.
Don was also a recognized watercolorist. His work is in several collections and has been exhibited a number of galleries including the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Delaware Art Museum.
DCPL's Trustees and Staff will very much miss his wisdom and guidance. Read more about Don’s career and what his colleagues shared about him here.