William Scarbrough


William Scarbrough, professor emeritus of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, died after a short illness on April 1, 2015, at his home, at the age of 82.

Scarbrough, born in Brooklyn, NY, earned his degree in architecture at Syracuse University and was a varsity member of the 1951 Division 1 NCAA championship cross country team. He married Carole Loeffler in 1953. Together, they raised six children in Camillus, NY, before retiring to Hilton Head, SC. They later moved to Columbus, IN, to be near family. Both Bill and Carole enjoyed wonderful friendships with their Columbus neighbors. He was preceded in death by Carole in 2013.

He is survived by his six children, Teresa Scarbrough of Los Alamitos, CA, Kathryn Scarbrough of East Brunswick NJ, Jean Matson of Dewitt, NY, William of Leesville, SC, James of Columbus, IN, and Ann Edelberg of Mesa, AZ; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Ruth Aprahamian of Berkeley Heights, NJ.

After working several years for Peterson Hueber Hares and Glavin in Syracuse, he started his own firm. He won a national design award from the American Institute of Architects in 1967 for a private residence located in Fayetteville, NY. Other significant work included public housing, public schools and private residences. In addition to running his own practice, he joined the faculty at Syracuse University in 1967 where he taught design studios and technical design courses.

His children remember him best for steak on Saturday night, his activism against war and guns, his love of handicapping thoroughbred racing, golfing with friends and colleagues, love of automotive design, and his support for his children’s and grandchildren’s sports and activities.

A private celebration of his life will be held by the family.

Any memorial gifts should be sent to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Stories and fond memories may be sent to Mr. Scarbrough’s family at www.barkesweaverglick.com.