In memoriam: Harry Ewald, Virginia Tech Facilities
November 27, 2019
Harry A. H. Ewald, 90, of Winchester, Virginia, and formerly of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 11, 2019.
Ewald led the Virginia Tech Facilities Department renovations team from approximately 1986 to 1999.
Ewald was born in Philadelphia on Dec. 23, 1928 to the late John B. Ewald and Charlotte (Whaley) Ewald.
Ewald attended Severn School, Georgia Tech, and the Maryland Institute of Art. He joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1951, serving as a Hospital Corpsman. He married Audrey Williams on Aug. 28, 1951. He possessed abundant artistic talent and a love for history and architecture which he pursued, earning his professional architecture license.
During his architectural career he was proud of having worked on many of the historic buildings in Annapolis. He volunteered in his community, from serving on the Annapolis Planning and Zoning Commission and volunteering with the Historic Annapolis Foundation to working on archaeological digs at historic sites in the area and working with the Annapolis Opera. Ewald was an accomplished artist, who worked mostly in watercolor and pen and ink. At times, he did commercial art work, such as poster designs and book covers, and commissioned water colors of boats for yachtsmen.
He and Audrey moved to Blacksburg in 1986 where he worked at Virginia Tech until his retirement in 1999. Harry and Audrey moved to Inwood, West Virginia, in 2003 and to Winchester, Virginia, in 2006, where he worked as a docent at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Ewald made many lifelong friends and enjoyed time spent with them and his family.
In addition to his parents, Ewald was predeceased by his siblings, John Ewald, Frank Ewald and Charlotte (Ewald) McDonald. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Audrey Williams Ewald, and six children: Jeanne Hodges (Scott), Susan Lawton (Bruce), Bob Ewald (Tracey), Ellie Townes (Mark), Rich Ewald (Karen), Bill Ewald (Margie); nine grandchildren: Daniel Hodges, Ryan Hodges (Derrick Harris), Jim Hodges (Jessica), Grant A. Lawton, Rosemary Lawton, Ashley Ewald, Caleb Ewald, Heather Eanes, Jason Atkinson, Cassie Jones, Will Ewald Jr. (Stephanie); and 5 great grandchildren (Isabelle, Michalyn, McKenzie, Will III, and Owen.)
An announcement will be made about a future memorial service.
The original notice can be found here.