Ralph Rapson

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Birthday
13, 1914
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Mar 29, 2008 (93)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
13, 1914
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Mar 29, 2008 (93)

About

Headed the University of Minnesota architecture program and designed the landmark Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His career continued well into his 90s.

Before Fame

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 Eliel Saarinen.

Trivia

His best-known work was the "rapid rocking chair" that eventually came to bear his name.

Family Life

His son, Rip, became the president of the Kresge Foundation, and his other son, Toby, followed in his footsteps and became an architect.

Associated With

His colleague, Frank Lloyd Wright, bought two of his rocking chairs when they first were released to the market.