Ashley retires after 53-year career with Freeman French Freeman

first_imgFreeman French Freeman,David Ashley, Senior Vice President of Freeman French Freeman, will reach two milestones May 13 ‘ his 75th birthday and the day he retires after a 53-year career with Vermont’s oldest architectural firm. Ashley and his wife of 55 years, Sandra, live in Westford. They have five children and 15 grandchildren. Ashley’s studies at Yale were conducted by many of the great names in architecture from that era, including Louis I. Kahn. Ashley attended Philip Johnson design critiques and standing room only Frank Lloyd Wright lectures. He was also active in the Marching and Concert Bands at Yale. Locally, he has been a member of the Enosburg and Westford-Fairfax Town Bands, the St. James Bell Choir and the Sterling Weed Orchestra of St. Albans. From apprentice to project lead, these are just a few projects David has been involved in: Shepardson Med-Surg wing of the then Mary Fletcher Hospital (apprenticing with John French)Proctor Hall at Middlebury College working with Ruth FreemanSaint Michael’s College Chapel of the Archangel and the original Circular LibraryEight public high schools, including: Barre, Burlington, Essex Junction and Mount MansfieldWCAX Weather Station atop Mount MansfieldUniversity of Vermont: Gutterson Fieldhouse and structural design for Patrick GymnasiumArea elementary schools, including Swanton ElementaryDial Central Building for Bell Telephone Co.IBM: Building 973, the mid-90’s ‘full capacity build’ with nearly 175,000 sq.ft. of semi-conductor process clean roomsBurlington International Airport: major expansion initiatives starting in the mid -90’s. ‘David has achieved a career that rivals no other. He is a remarkable individual,’ said Jesse Beck, President of Freeman French Freeman, ‘who values long-term commitment and he has expressed that through his work, his family, and his love of many activities he enjoys to this day. He has been an inspiration on many, many levels and he will be dearly missed by us all.’ Ashley joined Freeman French Freeman in 1958 after graduating with a BA in architecture from Yale University. He is the only member of the firm to have worked with its founders: Bill Freeman, through the ‘70s; John French, until he retired in ‘67; and with Ruth Freeman, who died in ‘71.last_img read more