Headed the University of Minnesota architecture program and designed the landmark Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His career continued well into his 90s.
He was born with a deformed right arm, which was amputated, so he learned to draw with his left. His architecture degrees were earned from the University of Michigan and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was taught at Cranbrook by the famed
His best-known work was the "rapid rocking chair" that eventually came to bear his name.
His son, Rip, became the president of the Kresge Foundation, and his other son, Toby, followed in his footsteps and became an architect.
His colleague, Frank Lloyd Wright, bought two of his rocking chairs when they first were released to the market.