Friends and family mourn loss of influential UL professor

Friends and family mourn loss of influential UL professor

August 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


THE U-L COMMUNITY IS MOURNING THE LOSS OF ARCHITECTURE PROFESSOR GEORGE LOLI. HE DIED THURSDAY AT THE AGE OF 72. JOSH MENY SPOKE WITH LOLI’S CHILDREN AND COLLEAGUES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LOLI’S IMPACT ON THE UNIVERSITY… AND ACADIANA. JENNIFER LOLI / YOUNGEST DAUGHTER “MY FATHER WAS BORN IN SYRIA, AND HE LEFT AND WENT TO STUDY IN FLORENCE ITALY, TO STUDY ARCHITECTURE. HE LEARNED ARCHITECTURE IN ITALIAN, BEING AN ARABIC NATIVE SPEAKER. HE STUDIED THERE FOR TEN YEARS AND THEN CAME TO THE UNITED STATES.” GEORGE LOLI TAUGHT ARCITECHTURE AND DESIGN AT U-L FOR 36 YEARS… TAKING STUDENTS TO EUROPE TO TEACH THEM ABOUT SPACE… AND TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR DRAFTING SKILLS. JENNIFER LOLI / YOUNGEST DAUGHTER “HE ENCOURAGED HIS STUDENTS AND FAMILY TO SEE THE WORLD IN A WAY THAT WOULD CAPTURE THE BEAUTY AND THE ESSENCE OF NATURE. AS KIDS HE WOULD ALWAYS PULL US OVER, AND HAVE US LOOK AT ART PIECES, AND HE WOULD DISCUSS THE ELEMENTS OF THOSE PIECES, AND WHAT MADE THEM BEAUTIFUL.” LOLI WAS ALSO A MASTER WATERCOLORIST. SOME OF HIS ARTWORK HAS BEEN FEATURED IN MAJOR PUBLICATIONS. BUT HE ALSO USED HIS ART TO ENRICH HIS STUDENTS’ TRAINING. JOSEPH LOLI / GEORGE’S SON “I THINK THAT THE WATER COLORS ULTIMATELY WOULD BE LIKE THE INDIVIDUAL STAMP OF WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO EXPRESS AND TEACH, WHETHER IT BE ARCHITECTURE OR DESIGN.” JOSH MENY / READER LOLI WORKED ON MANY OUT-REACH URBAN DESIGN PROJECTS IN CITIES ACROSS SOUTHERN LOUSIANA…AND SPEARHEADED A MAJOR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT TOM SAMMONS / DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN “GEORGE TAUGHT FOR MANY YEARS IN OUR PARIS STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM, AND THEN HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY WITH SOME OTHER FACULTY TO DEVELOP A NEW CIRICULIM IN FLORENCE.” FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALL SAY WITH HIS INTEGRITY AND HUMILITY…LOLI CONSTANTLY WORKED TO SHARE HIS PASSION FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD. JENNIFER LOLI / YOUNGEST DAUGHTER “HE WOULD JOKE ABOUT, WHEN AM I GONNA GRADUATE, BECAUSE HE WOULD GO THROUGH EACH SEMESTER, AND IT WOULD FLY BY, AND HE WOULD ALWAYS LEARN FROM HIS STUDENTS.” TOM SAMMONS / DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN “HE, HE WAS A….HE WAS JUST A SPECIAL GUY. WE’RE GONNA MISS HIM, I’M GONNA MISS HIM.” JOSEPH LOLI / GEORGE’S SON “HE REALLY LOVED TEACHING, LIKE HE REALLY LOVED BEING IN THAT WORLD. IT MADE HIM SO HAPPY. SO, FOR HIM TO HAVE THIS MOMENT I DON’T THINK THAT HE WOULD EVER IMAGINE IT, I THINK THE FACT THAT HE COULD SAY ONE FINAL GOOD BUY EVERYBODY, TO THE PEOPLE HE COULDNT SAY GOOD BUY TO, I THINK THIS IS THE MOST HONERABLE AND RESPECTFULLY HUMBLE WAY. IN LAFAYETTE, JOSH MENY, KATC TV 3.