Former Co-chair and Member, Board of Associates

It is with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that we announce that Gerry Gurland recently passed away. He was a pillar of support to the Center and will be sorely missed. Below is the obituary that was published on New Jersey Jewish News.

“Gerald Gurland, 81, of West Orange died Feb. 2, 2017. He was born in Brooklyn.

A fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Gurland worked for I.M. Pei and Partners. He joined the office of Richard Meier for 20 years and became a partner. He then became the director of construction and development for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Following his four years there, he became a consultant to Stevens Institute of Technology and taught classes at NJIT.

He attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he received an M.A. in architecture and consequently became a Fulbright scholar to the Netherlands to study buildings in an urban environment.

He was a member of the American Association of Arbitrators and an expert witness in law cases dealing with construction and architecture. He served as a member of the West Orange Board of Construction Appeals and West Orange Planning Board and as a commissioner of the West Orange Committee for Historical Preservation. For 25 years, he was a member and cochair of the board of associates at Drew University’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn; his son, James (Leslie); a sister, Bobbe Futterman; and a grandson.”