ARLINGTON -- John McDermott, 73, died suddenly Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Arlington. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Fisher House at www.fisherhouse.org, or any charity of your choosing. John was born May 28, 1940, in New York City, received a bachelor's and MFA degrees from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., where he worked as an architect for several years. He became a faculty member at Ohio University, moved on to Ohio State University, and in 1982 moved to the University of Texas at Arlington as director of the School of Architecture and was a professor there until his death. Survivors: His wife of 47 years, Peggy McDermott of Arlington; his son, John James McDermott III and his wife, DeAnn, and his grandson, John Connor McDermott, of El Paso; and his son, Peter Frederick McDermott of Beijing, China. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233

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  1. I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. (John Steinbeck) John, you will be missed at UTA’s School of Architecture as an independent voice and a teacher. Your years of contribution have touched many students and through them you have achieved Immortality!! May the winds be at your back…. and the Ferry Man take you into the land of eternity!! Sincerest Condolences from The Rusher Family and me personally Tom Rusher. I will miss his kind words and mentoring sensibility.

  2. Peggy, I did not know your husband but I do know you. That means he had to be pretty special to have won your heart all these years. Don’t view this as a loss. It is a successful completion. I read his business life and his sons and grandchildren full of promise. This sounds successful and what everyone wants out of life. I pray your grief will lift soon. Take care sweet, Peggy.

  3. Peggy, my deepest sympathies for the loss of your beloved John. You always had the greatest tales to tell about the two of you, an obvious team. Praying for God’s merciful peace to give you and your family healing rest.

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