Celebration of Life Service for Philip Freelon
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 3:30 P.M
Durham County Human Services Complex
Limited public seating for the memorial will provided in building's outdoor courtyard area. The service will be streamed live on a big screen and from the website:
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northstar Church of the Arts, a non-profit art and culture center providing a sacred space for healing, creative expression, and spiritual connectivity.
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SEPTEMBER 16th, 2019
Durham, N.C., September 16, 2019 – The family of the Phil Freelon will welcome hundreds of friends, relatives, business associates, and neighbors to a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, September 28,2019 at 3:30 P.M. The celebration will take place in one of Phil’s favorite spaces, the Durham County Human Services Complex in Durham, N.C. at 414 E Main Street in Durham. His design of the building and its interior space exemplifies Phil’s strong belief that beautiful and inspiring design should be experienced by people in everyday places and not reserved for famous or exclusive buildings.
Phil passed away on July 9th following a lengthy battle with ALS. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Nnenna Freelon; three children, Deen Freelon (Kate Sheppard), Maya Freelon, and Pierce Freelon (Katye Proctor Freelon); three siblings, Randi Vega, Doug Freelon (Richard Plombon) and Gregory Freelon; sister-in-law, Debbie Pierce; and seven grandchildren. As an architect and an advocate for diversity and inclusion.
the late Phil Freelon was a change agent for his profession, dedicated to greater equity and diversity in a field traditionally without these qualities. As a mentor and educator, he encouraged young designers and other professionals to aim high and break through established barriers.
In Durham where he lived, he was known for practicing an inclusive approach to design and to his firm’s projects. In addition to the Human Services Complex, local-area designs completed by his firm The Freelon Group and later, following a merger, global firm Perkins and Will, include the Durham Transportation Center, three public library branches, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and four buildings on the campus of N.C. Central University. His celebrated designs beyond North Carolina include award-winning museums and other cultural institutions, most notably the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.