Monday, December 29, 2008

Robert Graham, FDR Memorializer, is Dead

Robert Graham, whose unique design for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., manages, in turn, to be moving, evocative, informative, and fun, has died. I didn't know what to expect when my family and I first went to the FDR Memorial a few years back, but was pleasantly surprised. It's the sort of place to which a civic-minded parent could take a civics-resistant kid (something my kids never were) and know that, in spite of the child's willful resolves, she or he would actually learn something, enjoying it at the same time. The evocation of Roosevelt and his presidency throughout also gives moving tribute to one of our greatest presidents.

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