Evan H. Shu

  • Born: March 4, 1953
  • Died: January 11, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Evan H. Shu, FAIA
March 4, 1953 – January 12, 2020

Evan Shu was born in 1953 and raised in Seattle, Washington. He was the son of Dr. Evan H. Shu, a displaced person from the Communist Revolution in China, and Dr. Ruby Inouye, a Japanese American woman who left the internment camps to finish college and attend medical school during WWII.

Evan attended Franklin High School in Seattle. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Stanford University as a pre-med student and spent much of his time trying to find another major that would not disappoint his father and would allow him to exercise his creative talents. He graduated from Stanford summa cum laude with a degree in architecture.

He moved to Boston to attend Harvard Graduate School of Design and graduated with a master's degree in architecture. He worked in several architectural firms in the Boston until he formed his own firm, Shu Associates. For several years, he maintained offices in both Boston and California and commuted back and forth. This demonstrates his firmly held belief that "When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice."

He was the co-founder of the DataCAD Boston Users' Group, moderator of the DBUG Internet Forum, co-author of CADD and the Small Firm, editor of Cheap Tricks Newsletter, and curator of Cheap Tricks Ware. In 2001, he was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for "help[ing] thousands of architects make Computer Assisted Design a humane, accessible, and appropriate architectural tool and creat[ing] and support[ing] a large global community of architects who share resources."

He was an active member of Old South Church in Boston for over 25 years. He held the positions of Senior Deacon, Moderator, Chair of the Communications Committee, and most recently, Church Historian. He sang in three choirs at the church: Gospel Choir, Festival Choir and First Service Choir.

He was a Renaissance man who ran the Boston Marathon eight times, played jazz piano and sang gospel music, enjoyed discussing politics and movies, and kept up with the latest in technology.

Despite his accomplishments, his greatest pride and joy was his children, Nathaniel Ross and Amanda Grace. He was a man who thoroughly enjoyed life. For him the glass was not half full or half empty but overflowing with champagne.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Annamarie Ross Shu, his children, Nathaniel Ross Shu and Amanda Grace Shu, his sisters, Geraldine Shu of Seattle, WA and Karen Shu Minutoli (Rick Minutoli) of Kent, WA and a nephew, Niccolo Minutoli of Kent, WA. He was predeceased by two children, Melanie Hope Shu and Noah Bernard Evan Shu, his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be Saturday, January 25 at 2:00pm at the Old South Church in Boston, 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. The church is accessible on the MBTA Orange and Green lines.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Old South Church, Evan Shu Memorial Housing Fund at the above address.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Annamarie,

Every March I think of Evan since it is the month of his birth. So when I search for his email, I was shocked to learn of his passing. I can't even imagine how you and the children are enduring. He was among the very best.
My thoughts are with you,


Posted by Kathy OConnell Scadden - Friend   March 06, 2020

My thoughts and sympathies are with you in this time of loss.

Posted by Anne Macdonald - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   February 15, 2020

Dear Family,
I remember the day I broke a window playing underneath the porch of your Mt Baker home when we we re very young. We had great go cart races down the driveway. Although I hadn't seen anyone but Geraldine for years, you were always remembered. My prayers go out to all of you.

Posted by Tony volchok - kirkland, WA   January 29, 2020

Dear Anne Marie, Nate and Amanda,

We are so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. He led such a remarkable life, and led by example. We know he will be deeply missed, and hope that his warmth and love help to carry you through his absence.

The Tramontozzi Family
John Martina Maria Laura Anna and Tina

Posted by Tramontozzi Family - Melrose, MA   January 25, 2020

To Evan's Family:

I was sorry to receive word of Evan's unexpected passing from one of our high school classmates in Seattle. Evan and I played together on the Franklin soccer team, where he exhibited speed, dexterity and endurance on both sides of the ball. So it doesn't surprise me at all to read that he completed multiple Boston marathons among his other many talents. Having spent most of my own career in and around Worcester, Massachusetts, I wish I had known that he and you made your home in the Greater Boston area and regret that our paths did not cross again in the decades since our high school graduation in 1971. May Evan rest in peace.

Posted by Mark Lincicome - Orr's Island, ME - Classmate   January 25, 2020

Dear Annamarie, Amanda and Nathaniel:

Tim and I met you and Evan when we first came to Old South in 1991. His bright smile and wonderful voice and playfulness welcomed and warmed us over those years. I was so happy to give my role as Communications Director up to Evan because I knew he'd do a much better job than I ever had, and boy, was I right! So many memories . . . Cabaret nights, TAOS, and more. Tim and I will be coming down this Saturday with Jim Ognibene to greet you and share some memories of this much-too-short amazing life.

Hugs and our deepst thoughts are with you.

Linda and Tim Jenkins

Posted by Linda Jenkins - Salem, MA - Friend   January 23, 2020

Dear Annamarie, Nathaniel and Amanda,
I have not been at Old South in awhile but my fondest memories were being on Deacons when Evan was senior Deacon. He was always warm, gracious and encouraging with all the many tasks we had. It was also a joy to sing with him and see his exuberance and joy in Old South productions and potluck entertainment. My prayers go out to you all at this difficult time.

Posted by Dave Elliott - Jamaica Plain, MA - Friend   January 23, 2020

Atsuko and I greatly enjoyed visiting with Evan during our stop in Boston last September. Meeting up again during our 45th Reunion was such a great treat. My admiration for Evan and what he has accomplished has grown everyday since the day we met in 1971, his in-coming Frosh year. I'll bring a hardcopy of the photo Saturday.

Posted by Dan Kojiro - San Jose, CA - Friend   January 22, 2020

Dear Annamarie and family. I always looked forward to receiving the Christmas news letter. I was so fond of Evan and spoke with him many times here at Property Resources. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Evan will be so missed. Carol Jenney

Posted by Carol Jenney - Stoneha, MA - friend   January 21, 2020

Dear Annamarie,

I am so sorry. My heart goes out to all of you.

With warmest wishes and care,

Posted by Sarah Lay - Cambridge, MA - Friend   January 20, 2020

Dear Annamarie, Amanda and Nate,
I am so sorry to hear the news of Evan's passing. His memory of picking up Amanda and Nate from Chime Time was so sweet. They were so happy to see him as he was to them. Hold onto the wonderful memories
you shared and know he is watching over you from above.He is gone to soon.
Sincerest Sympathy, Pam

Posted by Pamela Beckford - Melrose, MA - Teacher   January 19, 2020

Dear Annamarie and family,
My deepest sympathy over the sudden passing of your Evan. Healing prayers and love surround you.
Joanne Tisei and family

Posted by joanne Tisei - west roxbury, MA - Family Friend   January 18, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Evan's passing! He was always incredibly kind with a warm smile on his face. Our deepest condolences.

Posted by Heather Rizzo-Person - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   January 17, 2020

Evan lived life to the fullest with his family, profession, and his Old South Church family.

Posted by Charlotte Simpson - Boston, MA - Family Friend   January 17, 2020

I did not know Evan, but he sounds like a wonderful person that would have enriched my life, if I did!! My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. He was so accomplished. May God bless him through his next journey❤

Posted by Carol C - Melrose, MA   January 17, 2020

I first met Evan at the first DBUG meeting at Charrette in Woburn (late 1980's). Over the years no one, and I mean No One, has given more freely of themselves to the DataCad group than Evan. He was an innovator, motivator, and educator from the early beginnings of DataCad and throughout the years. A true gentleman and gentle spirit that we all admire and respect as a leading professional in the architectural community. As the many, many years passed I would see Evan on less frequent occasions, but when I was lucky enough to bump into him he would always have that great warm smile and How have you been, gee it's great to see you greeting. A man of true humility, a leader in the most humble way, he will be missed but not forgotten , his legacy of love and giving continues to inspire us.

George E. "Butch" Razoyk AIA

Posted by George Razoyk - North Andover, MA - Friend   January 17, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   January 17, 2020

Family Album

Stanford Class of 1974, 45th Reunion. Peoples' Tea House mini-reunion. Pictured from left: Roger On, Jay Wang, Dan Kojiro, Evan, Nelson Nagai, Bill Eng