Statement from Ginnie Cooper Regarding the Death of J. Max Bond

Many of us at the DC Public Library are deeply sad to learn of the death of J. Max Bond.  As Chief Librarian, I have had the pleasure of working with architects who have wonderful and well-deserved reputations - locally, nationally, and internationally.  Max is foremost among these.

The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw and Benning Neighborhood Libraries, now under construction, have Max's indelible fingerprints.  Max brought world-class, designs to DC residents.  He had an incomparable spirit and the determination to make each project a masterpiece.

I will miss him.

I send my condolences to his family and his associates at Davis Brody Bond Aedas.

J. Max Bond Jr., one of the nation's leading African-American architects, died February 18  at age 73.  The cause of death was cancer.  His projects included the Martin Luther King Jr. Centre for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, and the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw and Benning Neighborhood Libraries in Washington, DC.

George Williams
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