Glenn Whitney Arbonies

Glenn Whitney Arbonies 1947-2013 (1)
Glenn Whitney Arbonies, AIA LEED AP died suddenly on August 4th. Glenn and his beloved wife Sandra have two children: Adam Vlock Arbonies, who attends DePaul University in Chicago, and Mira Laurel Vlock Arbonies who attends the Foote School in New Haven. Glenn was born on November 5th 1947 in Pomona, California, the son of Martin Sybial Arbonies and Carolyn Merchant Arbonies, and brother of Bruce Arbonies. Glenn’s distant relatives include New England notables Emily Dickinson and Eli Whitney. Glenn and his family also lived in Alabama, Ohio and Wisconsin before moving to Huntington, Long Island in New York in 1962. Glenn graduated from Huntington High School in 1965 and attended Washington University in St Louis, graduating in 1969 with a degree in Architecture. He went on to receive his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University of St. Louis in 1971. Charles Moore, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, was on the review committee for Glenn’s thesis and after Glenn had worked elsewhere for two years, Charles Moore invited Glenn to join his firm in Essex CT in 1973. Glenn became a partner in the firm Moore, Grover Harper, which became Centerbrook Architects in Centerbrook, CT after Moore retired. During this time he met and then married Sandra Vlock of Woodbridge, CT in 1983. They were introduced by Sandra’s parents Jim and Laurel Vlock who were clients of Charles Moore. Sandra also became an Architect. Glenn and Sandra began their own architectural firm with Richard King called Arbonies King Vlock in 1990, which continues today. Some highlights of his career, and theirs together include the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, recipient of the AIA National Honor Award, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Palmer Museum at Penn State, the Museum of Natural History and the Benton Museum of Art at University of Connecticut, work for the University of New Haven. Current work includes renovations for the Blackstone Library in Branford, Connecticut. They have also designed a number of private residences in Sun Valley, Idaho, Fisher’s Island, New York, as well as residences in Connecticut. Their award winning work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Glenn was a passionate sportsman and fitness enthusiast. He enjoyed hiking and river rafting and along with his wife Sandra, had hiked and rafted the Grand Canyon many times. He and his wife also competed in marathons, triathlons, and numerous road races. Glenn incorporated his passion for life with the love of his family, and shared his pursuits with them. Glenn is survived by his wife Sandra Vlock, children Adam Vlock Arbonies and Mira Laurel Vlock  Arbonies of Stony Creek, Connecticut, his brother Bruce Arbonies and his wife Nanette Arbonies, of Hillsborough, New Jersey and their children, Mark Dickinson Arbonies and Kimberly Anne Arbonies, Glenn’s goddaughter.
A graveside ceremony will be held Tuesday, August 6th at 2 pm at the New Haven Grove Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library, Stony Creek, CT or the Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT or a charity of choice. Sandra, Adam and Mira will open their home to visitors from 6-8PM on Wednesday evening, August 7th.
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  1. Mary Lou & Edward Winnick said,

    08.08.13 at 4:16 am

    Dear Sandy,

    Ed and I are so very sorry. Please know our thoughts are with you.

    Our very best,

    Mary Lou

  2. Nate & Lillian Topf said,

    08.08.13 at 4:13 pm

    Dear Sandy, Jim & Family,

    Our deepest and most sincere condolences to you all.
    Our thoughts and prays are with you.

    Most Sincerely,

    Nate & Lillian

  3. Richard Stoecker said,

    08.08.13 at 4:35 pm

    Sandra & Family – I am truly sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing Glenn at Willoughby’s. Shalom.

  4. Neil Dixon said,

    08.08.13 at 9:37 pm

    Dear Sandra,

    Glenn and I were classmates at Washington University and kept in touch when I lived in NYC. Once I moved away we seemed to fade away until my wife and I stopped by in the early 90’s to visit. I am truly sorry for your loss and hope that your memories and sons will fill the void.

  5. Kevin G BRASILE said,

    08.10.13 at 3:29 am

    Sandra and Family

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this
    Difficult time. Glen will truly Be missed. He was an
    Extraordinary man with a passion and spark
    For life

  6. Sue Hurley said,

    08.12.13 at 3:26 pm

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Glenn was a wonderful man and a truly gifted architect. He will be missed by all of us here. Peace to you and your family.

  7. Christine & Gary Wanerka said,

    08.12.13 at 7:16 pm

    Gary and I were so sorry to learn of Glenn’s sudden passing. We are so appreciative of his contributions to our community. Gary thought immediately of the children. If we can do anything to help, Sandra, please let us know. Our sympathy extends to Michael and family as well. May you find comfort from your family and friends and in the knowledge that his was a life well lived.

  8. Marjorie Miller Brownstein said,

    08.13.13 at 4:10 am

    Dear Sandra,
    I too attended Washington University with Glen in the long-ago and far-away.
    We were all thrilled when Charles Moore commented so positively on Glen’s project (I can still see it!) during his jury and then offered him a position with his firm. It is wonderful to know that Glen lived his professional and his personal life so fully with you, your children and many friends.

  9. Diane & Thomas Vorio said,

    08.13.13 at 8:21 pm

    Diane and I extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to you and your family on the sudden passing of Glenn.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Diane & Tom