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Architect Hal Sadler Passes Away at 91

Harold G. Sadler, better known to the community as Hal Sadler, passed away at age 91 on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 in San Diego. Sadler was surrounded by family and looking out over the bay and the city he loved.

Sadler, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), was founder and chairman of Tucker Sadler Architects.

He was born in Phoenix in 1930 and raised there, graduating from Arizona State University in 1951. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California three years later. During those years he married his high school sweetheart Mary Beecher, who would remain his lifelong companion of 69 years.

Sadler began his career in Los Angeles with Quincy Jones, FAIA and opened his own firm, Tucker, Sadler & Bennett in 1957 in San Diego.

Sadler left his mark on the San Diego skyline, including projects such as the San Diego Convention Center, Union Bank, Bank of America, Civic Center parking structure, research facilities at UCSD, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, along with numerous educational, medical and hospital buildings in San Diego and the region. Hal Sadler’s architectural work displayed how sustainability and modern architecture can co-exist seamlessly and was embodied into all of his work. Sadler loved weaving public art into the forms of architecture and working collaboratively with artists.

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He was particularly respected for his integrity and personal attention to clients and his vision of San Diego. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the American Institute of Architects, and was elected to the organization’s college of fellows in 1983.

Sadler dedicated time and talent to the growth and revitalization of downtown San Diego. He served on the board of directors of the Centre City Development Corp. as well as the board of directors of Rady Children’s Hospital. He was president of the historical society in San Diego, trustee emeritus of the San Diego History Center and chairman of the Park and Recreation board. A member of San Diego Rotary Club, also known as Club 33, Sadler was named Mr. San Diego in 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Sadler and the Sadlers’ two daughters, Lindi Sadler Slaughter and Cindi Sadler Whalen, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The family is planning a Celebration of Life which will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Hal Sadler’s memory to the San Diego History Center or the San Diego Zoo. More information on donations is available by emailing info@tuckersadler.com.

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