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Evan H. Shu
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    Evan Shu Memorial Housing Fund
    645 Boylston St.
    Boston, MA 02116

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“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....Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy OConnell Scadden - Friend

“My thoughts and sympathies are with you in this time of loss. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Anne Macdonald - Melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Tony volchok - kirkland, WA

“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...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Tramontozzi Family - Melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Mark Lincicome - Orr's Island, ME

“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...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Jenkins - Salem, MA

“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...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Dave Elliott - Jamaica Plain, MA

Peoples' Tea House mini Reunion, October 26th, 2019.  Roger, Jay, Dan, Evan, Nelson and Bill. “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...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Dan Kojiro - San Jose, CA

“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...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Jenney - Stoneha, MA

“Dear Annamarie, I am so sorry. My heart goes out to all of you.With warmest wishes and care,Sarah ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Sarah Lay - Cambridge, MA

“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...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Pamela Beckford - Melrose, MA

“Dear Annamarie and family, My deepest sympathy over the sudden passing of your Evan. Healing prayers and love surround you. Sincerely,Joanne...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: joanne Tisei - west roxbury, MA

“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. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Heather Rizzo-Person - Melrose, MA

“Evan lived life to the fullest with his family, profession, and his Old South Church family. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Charlotte Simpson - Boston, MA

“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...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Carol C - Melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: George Razoyk - North Andover, MA

“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....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

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.