Friends Gone but Never Forgotten
Last month, we lost two special colleagues: acoustician Leo Beranek and architect Bing Thom. Both were giants in what they did and who they were.
During Leo Beranek’s 102 years on this earth, he excelled in so many ways. His textbooks on acoustics and his survey of the top 50 concert halls in the world are references for all acousticians. He has been decorated with most every honor offered by acoustical associations. His success with the start of public radio and subsequent donations to the Boston Symphony Orchestra resulted in The Beranek Room at Boston Symphony Hall, a social space in his honor.
Bing Thom was both a big thinker and a leader. As an acoustician working with Bing on the Arena Stage project in Washington, D.C, I marveled at his ability to create grand gestures in his architecture and respected his commitment to accomplishing his vision. Often he would push us outside our comfort zone on design matters, while offering the support to work through tough design challenges. The elliptical Kogod Theatre and the lobby at the Arena Stage are testimonies to Bing’s tenacity.
Bing and Leo will be missed dearly.