Mr. James "Jim" N. Kise, former lecturer in the department of city and regional planning in PennDesign, passed away December 26, 2012; he was 75.
An architect and planner, he founded Kise, Straw and Kolodner in 1984, a 50-person firm in Philadelphia with practice areas in architecture, planning, urban design and historic preservation.
Mr. Kise was a lecturer in urban design from 1996 to 2009. He was also the founding member of the School's alumni association and served as a board member since its creation in 1993. His leadership transformed the organization, broadening its mission and moving it forward into new areas of activity, including a successful series of "cultivation dinners." In 2002, he was appointed to the School's Board of Overseers, where he continued to help build connections to alumni and strengthen the School's financial position.
Mr. Kise was also a Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a board member of numerous Philadelphia cultural organizations.
A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. Kise graduated from PennDesign with a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1959, and also earned two masters degrees from PennDesign in architecture in 1963 and city planning in 1964.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah "Sallie" Smith; sons, Jefferson, Curtis and Triplett, C'06; a daughter, Susanna; a brother, Lee; and grandchildren, Cassandra, Marguerite and Wesley.
Memorial donations may be made to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Development
Department, Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101.