Lawrence R. Brink, AIA


Lawrence Ray Brink passed away peacefully at his home in Pinckney, MI on June 15, 2011 with his wife Suzanne Cagwin (Schuler), son L. Todd and his wife Nikki (Crawford) at his side. In Larry’s last week, he was surrounded by loving friends and family who kept a vigil night and day. He died with grace and dignity.
He was born September 14, 1937 in Fremont, MI to Walter Ernest Brink (deceased) and Carolyn Jeanette (Brown). He is survived by his mother Carolyn; his brother W. Lee and wife, Suzie, of Grand Haven; sister, Linda Fisher of Norton Shores; cousin Dennis and wife Lynette Brink of Fort Wayne, IN; numerous nieces and nephews, and his faithful dog, Cody.
Larry graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1955 and loved music. He played in the marching band and orchestra, played the piano and trombone, and sang in the choir. He was active in Thespians, Civil Air Patrol, photography, water and snow skiing, family camping, band camp, church camp counselor and many other school and First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven activities.
After high school, Larry attended Alma College, and later became an apprentice at Taliesen East and West under the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He worked closely with Mr. Wright on the Marin County Building, the Guggenheim Museum and Trinity Church. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Architecture.
Larry’s greatest passion was architecture. He was accomplished architect designing buildings and homes around the country. Larry was one of the original members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and served on its board multiple terms. He was also a Frank Lloyd Wright Fellow and served two terms as president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Fellowship Board and many terms as a board member.
Larry’s second passion in life, sailing, began at age seven on Lake Michigan. He was an expert sailor, competing in more than 25 Port Huron and Mackinac races, qualifying him as a double Old Goat. Larry shared his passion for sailing with his son Todd, frequently spending weekends either sailing or skiing as Todd grew up. Larry and Todd sailed and raced his boats Compromise and Snafu to the North Channel and all the Great Lakes. He also cruised throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.
In Larry’s last moments, he could feel the sailboat beneath him, it’s sail filling with air -slowly the boat sailed west.
Contributions may be made in Larry’s name to the The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, 53 West Jackson Blvd, Suite 1120, Chicago, Illinois, 60604 or to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd,Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105