Yale '62 - Obituaries - Moulton L. Andrus

Moulton L. Andrus

Born: May 28, 1940
Died: September 8, 1983

Moulton Andrus was born in New York City but was raised with his family in Greenwich, Connecticut. He prepared for Yale at Deerfield Academy. Moulton was a member of Trumbull College.

After graduation, Moulton attended the Yale School of Architecture from which he received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1965 and his Masters in 1969. Moulton first worked for the New York firm of Skidmore, Owings, Merrill & Betts before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1972 and starting his own architectural firm. In 1977 he was awarded First Honor Award from the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for a house he designed in Wyoming. He was not only a successful architect; he was also a most talented sculptor. He received a Topo-Logi Grant in 1974 from the Parks Council of New York City for clay sculpture design. His sculpture awards included recognition from the Greenwich, Connecticut Art Society on three occasions. His sculpture was exhibited widely throughout the Untied States and special exhibitions were given at the Portland Art Museum, Keyser Foundation and Timberline Lodge in the Portland, Oregon area. A special memorial exhibition of his work was given by the Blackfish Gallery in Portland in 1984. One of his large aluminum works is on permanent display in a courtyard adjacent to the Yale Art & Architecture School. A portfolio of drawings has also been placed in the School Library and his family established an award in his name to be presented annually to a graduating student of the Yale School of Art & Architecture who has achieved excellence in studies.

Moulton was an active member of the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was memorialized in the October 1983 publication by having a photograph of a Redwood sculpture exemplifying his modular, discipline style featured on the cover.

Moulton married the former Lisa Merritt Fellows, a graduate of Barnard College, in 1965 but they had no children. Moulton died suddenly on September 8, 1983, of a heart attack at the age of 43. During his life he had also been very active in support of the Christie School in Maryhurst, Oregon, an institution devoted to the rehabilitation of severely handicapped and emotionally disturbed children. He was instrumental in creating unique architectural environments to accommodate the needs of the children at the school and was committed to its philosophy of caring for handicapped children. For that reason, at his widow's suggestion, family and friends remembered him by contributions to the Christie School in his name.