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James Atkinson, 79 - May 21, 2012


James Lincoln Atkinson, 79, of Portland, OR, formerly of Brady, passed away Monday, May 21, 2012.
A memorial service will be conducted on Monday, June 11, at 2 p.m. at the Rotunda at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Atkinson was born Feb. 12, 1933, at Brady, son of Clifford and Esther Atkinson.
He was a graduate of Brady High School, and of the University of Nebraska in 1955 with a bachelor of architecture degree.
Atkinson served two years with the U.S. Army Reserves as a first lieutenant in Korea. Following his return to the States, he resided at Portland, where he was employed as an architect and was a partner in several firms until his retirement in 1995.
He spent his entire professional career working with four architectural firms in Portland. He joined his third firm, Hewlett and Jamison, Architects, in 1961 and became a partner in 1969 with another partner added in 1972 becoming Hewlett Jamison Atkinson Luey Architects through 1985. From 1986 until his retirement in 1995, he was a partner with the firm Gasley Plowman Atkinson Architects, now known as GPA Architects LLC.
During his long career as an architect, he served as the principal project architect on many outstanding projects that were greatly appreciated by clients, according to family members, including projects for Oregon State University, Pacific University and more.
?Atkinson enjoyed challenging his mind and spent many hours learning about history, especially British history, said family members. He was also intrigued with words and was a master at crossword puzzles.
He was loved by his extended family and many memories were shared during vacations on the Oregon coast and his trips back to Colorado and Nebraska, family members said.
Survivors include: his sister, Maxine (Allen) Fickenscher; his niece, Nancy (John) Gerrard; nephews—Tim Fickenscher (Carol Windrum) and Tom (Cindy) Fickenscher, all of Nebraska; seven grand-nieces and nephews, a great-grand-niece and two great-grand-nephews.
Memorials are suggested to Brady Public School Foundation, P.O. Box 58, Brady, NE 69123; Multnomah County Library, Library Foundation, 620 S.W. 5th Ave., Suite 1025, Portland, OR 97204 (www.libraryfoundation.org).

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