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December 12, 2003 - Image 145

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-12

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Mr. Schreier joined Harley Ellington Pierce Yee
Associates Inc. in 1988 and was responsible for the
interior construction of an almost 2-million square-
foot facility to house the 6,000-person staff at the
not a self-promoter and not a braggart," recalled
Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills.
David Schreier.
Special to the Jewish News
David Schreier recalled that while his father was
He cited his father's work for Yamasaki on the
leading the teams providing design and documenta-
Century Plaza Hotel and Tower in Los Angeles, the
elebrity status came to Aaron Schreier late
tion for a new Veterans Administration Medical
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., the
in life and in a way he never would have
Center in Ann Arbor, "the guy he was dealing with
Northwestern National Life Insurance building in
there retired. So my father said I'll take his job, and he
Minneapolis, the Michael V. DiSalle Government
The architect, a vice president and princi-
Center building in Toledo and the Michigan
pal at Minoru Yamasaki & Associates from 1956-
In 1994, Aaron Schreier became the senior staff
Consolidated Gas building in downtown Detroit.
1980, had been the project manager for the design
architect for the facility and in 2002 received the
Aaron Schreier left Yamasaki in 1980 to form a new
and construction of New York's World Trade Center.
Federal Employee of the Year award for his work on
architectural firm called Prevost,
During the days immediately following
the hospital.
Tracey, Schreier, Pudist, Turner &
the terrorist attacks that demolished the
As a youth, Mr. Schreier was a leader in Habonim,
Ernst. That firm designed the current
landmark structures on Sept. 11, 2001,
the Labor Zionist youth organization. But David
Congregation Beth Ahm in West
Mr. Schreier became the focus of nation-
Schreier remembers him best as a "wonderful father to
Bloomfield, the Laurel Park Office
al media attention.
all of us kids who was married to his childhood sweet-
Complex in Livonia and Blue Cross
"I remember someone calling me up
heart for 52 years."
headquarters and the Maccabees
and saying they had seen my father on
Aaron Schreier is survived by his wife, Geraldine;
Center, both in Southfield.
the History Channel last night," recalled
sons and daughters-in-law, David and Marea
Mr. Schreier served as in-house edi-
New York City-based attorney David
Wachsman Schreier of New York City, Joel and
tor for Yamasaki's book A Life in
Schreier, his oldest son. "I told him that's
Debbie Schreier of Glencoe, Ill.; daughters and son-in-
Architecture, which deals in depth with
nice, but I just saw him in person."
law, Naomi Schreier of Birmingham, Alisa and Judah
the design of the World Trade Center.
Aaron Schreier died Dec. 3, 2003, at
'Rose Schreier of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren,
Thomas G. Ernst, now president of
his home in Beverly Hills from compli-
Jocelyn, Bethany, Maayan, Arava, Jessica, Zachary and
Ford & Earl Design Associates, worked Carly; brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Florence
cations of prostate cancer. He was 72.
with Mr. Schreier from 1976-1982. "I
The World Trade Center was not Mr.
Schreier of Beverly Hills.
Arnold Schre ier
always thought of him as having one of
Schreier's only architectural legacy.
Contributions may be made to Kadima, 15999 W.
the most brilliant minds of anyone I've
During his association with Mr.
12 Mile, Southfield, MI 48076 or the Stewart
ever worked with," recalled Ernst. "He
Yamasaki, who died in 1987, Mr.
Educational Fund for Israeli Students, do Jewish
was a believer in team effort. In his role as project
Schreier modestly referred to himself as the "Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 6735 Telegraph,
director, he had to bridge the gap between client and
consultant" on Mr. Yamasaki's design of Temple Beth
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301. Internment was at Beth
office. He was an advocate of the office and of the
El in Bloomfield Township.
Abraham Cemetery. Arrangements by Hebrew
client, which was often a very delicate position."
"My father was very modest and humble. He was
Memorial Chapel. El

Architectural Legacy


Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.
Mr. Agree's architectural firm designed primarily
for the commercial market. Locally, his firm was
responsible for the design of Oakland Mall, Pontiac
Village and served on the village's Historical
Mall (now Summit Place), Tel-Twelve and the origi-
nal Meadow Brook Mall in Rochester. He was also
Born in Detroit, he graduated from the
the architect for the Holden Reptile Museum at the
University of Michigan in 1947 with a degree in
Detroit Zoo. His professional work out of state
architecture. While a student, he played the saxo-
included malls in Florida and Louisiana.
phone in the school's marching band. He remained
His interests included classical
a loyal fan of the football program
music, stamp collecting, golf and
throughout his life. Following his
graduation, he spent a summer
Mr. Agree is survived by his wife of
semester studying architecture at the
48 years, Marilyn Agree; sons, Clayton
Acadamie de Beaux Arts at
Agree of Bloomfield Hills, Carter
Fontainbleau in France.
Agree of Kalamazoo; sister, Marjorie
He was a member of the American
Stein of Bloomfield Hills.
Institute of Architects, the Economic
Interment was at Clover Hill Park
Club of Detroit, American Board of
Cemetery. Contributions may be made
Arbitration and was active in
to the Isaac Agree Downtown
Common Cause.
Synagogue, 1457 Griswold, Detroit,
During World War II, he attended
MI 48226 or Camp Tamarack, 6735
officers training school at Yale
Telegraph Road, Suite 380, Bloomfield
University and served in the Army
Hills, MI 48301. Arrangements by Ira
A. Arnold Agree
Air Corps.
Kaufman Chapel. ❑
He was a longtime member of

Devoted To The Community

rchiteCt A. Arnold Agree, 80, of
Bloomfield Hills died Dec. 1, 2003. For
the past 50 years, much of his' life and
time was devoted to involvement in corn-
munity activities. He was a vice president of Sinai
Hospital in Detroit from 1982-1986 and was a hos-
pital trustee, serving on its board for many years
and chairing the building committee.
He was a member of the Real Estate and Building
Committee of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit. He was also a longtime
member of the Tamarack Hills Authority, which
was in charge of maintenance of the various sum-
mer camps and the Butzel Center. Mr. Agree was a
past president of the Fresh Air Society and estab-
lished the Charles N. Agree outpost camp in Wawa,
Ont., Canada, in honor of his father.
He also served as a committee member of the
Real Estate Division of the Allied Jewish
Mr. Agree was a longtime resident of Franklin




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