Douglas Stebbins - In Memoriam

November 4, 2013
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our friend and colleague Douglas Stebbins died on November 4, 2013, surrounded by his family at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, after a long struggle with liver disease.

A creative powerhouse in FDA's planning department for 19 years, Douglas made an enormous contribution to the field of theatre planning and design. His deep and immediately evident care for the nuances that differentiate a good theatre from an extraordinary theatre rubbed off not only on his FDA family, but also on the architects, acousticians and clients he worked with throughout his career. His brilliant mind and diligent hand touched literally hundreds of theatres, opera houses, concert halls and performing arts centers around the world. Each one of them carries a piece of his legacy, and each one is better for having met Douglas.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley, and his five brothers, Russell, John David, Peter, Mark and Michael. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a memorial scholarship fund started by Douglas's father.

The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student who worked on a farm in Douglas' hometown throughout his or her school career. For those of you who may not know, Douglas and his brothers grew up on a family farm and vineyard, and spent their youth working there. Donations may be sent here:

SC Stebbins Memorial Fund
Silver Creek Central School District
Attention: Mary Kaye Clouden
PO Box 270
Silver Creek, NY 14136

There will be a memorial gathering for the professional community in December. Meanwhile, please join us in sharing stories, memories, photos and other thoughts about Douglas here: