During our server outage of the last hour, several Friends of Unfair Park wanted to make sure we noted David Dillon's death at his home in Amherst, Mass. He suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 68. Dillon, who was among those who took a buyout from the paper in '06, continued to contribute to the paper, and was an instructor at the University of Massachusetts
, from which we take this brief bio of a most formidable critic who, as Jerome Weeks notes
, "had managed to beat an earlier bout with cancer."
David Dillon has been the architecture Critic for the Dallas Morning News since 1983. He has an M.A. and Ph.D from Harvard University in literature and art history, and was a Loeb Fellow at its Graduate School of Design in 1986-87.
He has written ten books, including Dallas Architecture 1936-1986, The Architecture of O'Neil Ford, The Miller Garden: Icon of Modernism, and Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood. He is also the author of the new plan for Washington, DC, Extending the Legacy, as well as the plan for the White House and President's Park. He is a contributing editor to Architectural Record and writes regularly for numerous national design and planning magazines, including Landscape Architecture, Preservation and Planning.
In addition to writing he lectures widely and serves on major design juries, including the ATF Headquarters in Washington and new Federal Courthouses in Austin Texas and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He currently divides his time between Dallas and Amherst, Mass.