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Oct 11, 2017

I Gave at the Office

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Header image courtesy of BSA Staff. Left to right: Peter Kuttner FAIA; Nancy Jenner Hon. BSA; Richard Fitzgerald Hon BSA; Elizabeth Padjen FAIA; Wilson Pollack FAIA; Gretchen Rabinkin AIA.

Richard Fitzgerald Hon. BSA was executive director of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA from 1984 through 2008. His leadership, collegiality, and achievements have been well-documented throughout this 150th anniversary year.

Richard edited nearly 200 issues of the ChapterLetter, a printed newsletter that was the BSA's primary member communication tool before de rigouer email and architects.org. In each, he expressed witty notions about the chapter and its membership that were printed in crisp knots of tiny type that one must take a moment to find.

When recently invited to contribute to these sesquicentienial Reflections, Richard warmed to the idea of regifting those ChapterLetter bons mots to the membership. They capture his keen observational wit and facility with language. Together, they almost create a narrative arc. They absolutely capture a spirit of time and community and represent pre-Twitter snippets from a savvy organizational director famously adept at teasing out the best in others and encouraging them to shine.

Enjoy the nips below, organized by ChapterLetter publication date. Missing entries will be included as available.

  • Apr-86 A Crissmanic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-86 A Entrepreneurial Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-86 An Inchoate Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul-86 A Nimble Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-86 A Swell Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-86 A Spherical Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-86 A Well-Designed Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-86 A Spirited Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-87 A Crisp Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-87 An Invigorating Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-87 A Hopkinsonian Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-87 An Enabling Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-87 A Spring-like Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-87 A Liberating Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul-87 A Chatoyant Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-87 A Wickedawesome Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-87 A Sweet Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-87 A Well-lit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-87 An Operatic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-88 An Incandescent Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-88 A Non-toxic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-88 A Redmonian Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-88 A Formative Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-88 A Gentle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-88 A Nutritious Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul-88 An Eclectic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-88 An Assiduous Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-88 A Way-Cool Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-88 A Capacious Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-88 A Controversial Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-90 A Pollackative Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-90 A Luculent Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-90 A Limber Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-90 A Eurythmic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-90 A Recycling Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-90 An Easy-to-read Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul-90 A Developing Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-90 An Intellectually Commodious Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-90 A Well-Seasoned Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-90 A "Vote 'No' on Questions 2 & 3" Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-90 A Humerus Arm of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan/Feb-91 A Bertmanesque Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-91 An Elastic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-91 A User-friendly Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-91 A Resilient Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Summer-91 An Alchemical Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-91 A Lean Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-91 A Renascent Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-91 A Sedulous Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-91 A Santaclausian Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan/Feb-92 A Leeward Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar/Apr-92 A Gold Medalist's Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May/Jun-92 An Occasionally Conventional Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-92 A Rollerblading Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep/Oct-92 A Tenacious Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov/Dec-92 A Worked-Out Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan/Feb-93 An Ericsonian Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar/Apr-93 A Little Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May/Jun-93 A Verdant Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-93 A Supererogatory Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep/Oct-93 A Codunative Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov/Dec-93 A Bodacious Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan/Feb-94 A Tsoice Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar/Apr-94 A Erumpent Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May/Jun-94 An Amusing Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-94 A Meracious Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep/Oct-94 A Sapid Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov/Dec-94 A Pretty Good Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan/Feb-95 An Elizabethan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar/Ap-r95 A Dianoetic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May/Jun-95 A Plucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-95 An Assausive Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep/Oct-95 A Supple Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov/Dec-95 An Exoteric Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan/Feb-96 A Contemplative Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar/Apr-96 An AIA Documented Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May/Jun-96 A Post-Cambrian Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-96 A Yes-But-It's-A-Wet-Heat Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep/Oct-96 A Roomy Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov/Dec-96 A Eumorphous Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan/Feb-97 Roger's Telodynamic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar/Apr-97 A Pysmatic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May/Jun-97 A Phat Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-97 The-Architects-Will-Never-Get-To-Heaven-Because-Jesus-Was-A-Carpenter Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep/Oct-97 A Chrestomathic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov/Dec-97 An Occasionally Charming Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-98 A Kuttnervy Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-98 A Well-Seasoned Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-98 An Iridescent Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-98 An Oneirocritical Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-98 A Musical Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-98 An Arachibutyrophobic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-98 An Oceanfront Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-98 A Chapter and Verse of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-98 A Buffed Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-98 An Amphibious Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-98 A Scenic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-99 A Tseckular Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-99 A Festooned Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-99 A Little Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-99 An Unimpeachable Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-99 A Verdant Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-99 A Sprightly Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-99 An SPF 45 Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-99 A Snappy Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-99 A Puissant Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-99 The 15th Annual Build Boston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-99 The Y2K Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-00 The Hicks Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-00 An Ensorcelling Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-00 An Outdoor Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-00 A Lusty Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-00 An Auriferous Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-00 A Warm-Blooded Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-00 An SPF 45 Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-00A Fetish-Free Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-00 A Clueful Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-00 The Build Boston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-00 The Maraca-Playing Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-01 The Rebeccan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-01 A Palmy Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-01 The Civic Iniative Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-01 The Civic Initative Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-01 An Irenic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-01 A Rarely Flaky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-01 The Martha's Vineyard Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-01 The Fall Foliage Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-01 The Trick-or-Treat Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-01 An Indigo Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-01 An Evergreen Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-02 The Robert Brown Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-02 The Belvedere Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-02 The Serendipitous Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-02 The Luge Curling Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-02 The May Flower Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-02 A Rippling Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-02 The Body-Surfing Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-02 An Attentive Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-02 The Hallowed Evening Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-02 The Syncretic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-02 A Winterized Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-03 A Dixonian Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-03 A Very Sunny Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-03 A Sea Lily Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-03 The April Showers Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-03 The Densely perse Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-03 The Beachfront Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-03 The Saltwater-taffy Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-03 The Synaesthetic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-03 The Occasionally Eidetic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-03 The Apposite Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-03 A Foxy Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-05 The George Metzger Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-05 A Stirred and Shaken Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-05 An Ambiguity Loving Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-05 A Bespoke Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-05 The Haptic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-05 A Spindrift Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-05 A Seaside Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-05 An Echt Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-05 A World Series Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-05 An Arborescent Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-05 An XXXL Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-06 An Apple Wine Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-06 The Rammed Earth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-06 A Flexous Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-06 A Wet Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-06 A Crescive Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-06 The Flamenco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-06 An Elective Affinity Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-06 A Renascent Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-06 An Intuitive Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-06 The Most Thankful Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-06 A Felicific Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jan-07 The Hubert Murray Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Feb-07 A Frondescent Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Mar-07 A Tap Dancing Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Apr-07 The Stregophilists' Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • May-07 A Parkour Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jun-07 The Bloomsday Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Jul/Aug-07 The Apotropic Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Sep-07 A Savory Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Oct-07 The All Treats/No Tricks Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Nov-07 A Shade-Grown Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Dec-07 A perting Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Richard Fitzgerald Hon. BSA, former BSA executive director

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