John “Jack” Smart Lynd

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

Septem­ber 16, 1929 - Septem­ber 2, 2018

John “Jack” Smart Lynd, son to Ma­jor Gen­eral William E. and Dotha Far­son Lynd passed away qui­etly in Los Al­tos sur­rounded by his fam­ily. As son of an Air Force of­fi­cer, Jack had lived in, or vis­ited, all 48 states by the time he grad­u­ated high school. He at­tended Sid­well Friends School in D.C. and Low­ell High School in San Fran­cisco 1944 – 1948 where he was Stu­dent Body Of­fi­cer and start­ing quar­ter­back. Jack grad­u­ated from UC Berke­ley with a de­gree in Ar­chi­tec­ture. He served as pres­i­dent of Sigma Al­pha Ep­silon Fra­ter­nity.

On June 20, 1952, Jack re­ceived his Lieu­tenant’s Com­mis­sion from his fa­ther, at­tended his Cal com­mence­ment cer­e­monies and mar­ried his high school & col­lege sweet­heart, Mar­i­lyn Ham­lyn. Jack served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954 and was sta­tioned in Mu­nich.

Jack and Mar­i­lyn then set­tled in Palo Alto where they raised 3 chil­dren Ke­van, Dayna and Stacy. Mar­i­lyn passed away in 1973. Jack mar­ried Jane But­ter­field Pringle, mother of Ste­wart and Dou­glas in 1974. The Lynd and Pringle fam­i­lies had been friends for many years be­fore the un­timely deaths of Ralph Pringle and Mar­i­lyn Lynd.

Jack’s ca­reer as an ar­chi­tect be­gan as the only full time em­ployee of the Stan­ford Univer­sity Plan­ning De­part­ment. He be­came As­so­ci­ate Di­rec­tor and was in­volved with the tremen­dous growth of the cam­pus from 1954 to 1969. This in­cluded the devel­op­ment of White Me­mo­rial Plaza and sur­round­ing build­ings, Stan­ford Med­i­cal Cen­ter by Edward Durell Stone, Meyer Un­der­grad­u­ate Li­brary, Stan­ford Lin­ear Ac­cel­er­a­tor, Stan­ford Ra­dio Tele­scope “Dish”, Stan­ford In­dus­trial Park, Block Au­di­to­rium “Physics Tank”, Maples Pav­il­ion, Grad­u­ate Busi­ness School South.

Jack later be­came Vice Pres­i­dent of Ernest J. Kump As­so­ci­ates of Palo Alto, then Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Di­rec­tor of the San Fran­cisco of­fice of John Carl War­necke and As­so­ci­ates, the largest ar­chi­tec­tural firm in the na­tion at the time. He later part­nered with Dale Spran­kle and Bob Sprague to form Spran­kle, Lynd & Sprague. He left in 1989 and con­sulted for a few years be­fore re­tir­ing in 1992. Some of his mem­o­rable projects af­ter his Stan­ford years in­clude Ven­tura County Court­house, State Farm In­sur­ance Build­ing, San Fran­cisco Air­port North Ter­mi­nal, Stan­ford Hoover Tower Ad­di­tion, Cal­i­for­nia School for the Deaf, Green­field Com­mu­nity Col­lege (Mas­sachusetts), Hen­nepin County Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter, (Min­neapo­lis), San Joaquin Delta Col­lege, Bendigo Col­lege (Aus­tralia), and Jupiter Ho­tel & Casino (Aus­tralia). He also de­signed and re­mod­eled nu­mer­ous pri­vate fam­ily homes.

Jack was per­haps most proud of the suc­cess­ful union of the two wi­d­owed fam­i­lies in­clud­ing many tra­di­tional fam­ily gath­er­ings. He made many close, last­ing friend­ships at Low­ell High School, his SAE fra­ter­nity, through­out his ca­reer and dur­ing his two very happy mar­riages. He con­tin­ued to at­tend Stan­ford Plan­ning meet­ings and col­lab­o­rate with Palo Alto ar­chi­tects into his fi­nal year. He was an avid yachts­man, trav­eler and ath­lete, of­ten shoot­ing his age on the golf course well into his 80’s with his fel­low Sons In Re­tire­ment. Fol­low­ing Jane’s pass­ing in 2015, Jack con­tin­ued to en­joy nu­mer­ous fam­ily gath­er­ings, in­clud­ing a re­cent trip to Ire­land, his grand­chil­dren’s sport­ing events and his many close friends.

Jack is pre­de­ceased by his wives, his brother Bill and wife Celia. He is sur­vived by five chil­dren, Ke­van Lynd (Lynne Knox) of Los An­ge­les; Dayna Lynd-Pugh (Steve) of Gil­roy; Ste­wart Pringle of San Fran­cisco; Dou­glas Pringle of Capi­tola; Stacy Reit­meir (Jeff) of Los Al­tos. By six grand­chil­dren, Ash­ley Pugh Can­non (Bobby) and Kelly Pugh, Kelsey & Rachel Lynd, Eric & Cur­tis Reit­meir, and three great-grand­chil­dren, McCoy, Ry­der & Mason Can­non. By cousin Bob Lynd (Nancy) of New Mex­ico.

Pri­vate Fam­ily ser­vices to be held at Alta Mesa Fu­neral Home & Ceme­tery, of­fi­ci­ated by Dr. Sam Earp. In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider a do­na­tion to your fa­vorite char­ity. Notes and con­do­lences may be posted to www.al­tame­sa­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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