Beloved and Honored Member, Gilbert L. Seltzer, AIA, Passes at 106 Years Old

August 18, 2021

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Beloved and Honored Member, Gilbert L. Seltzer, AIA, Passes at 106 Years Old


It is with great sadness that AIA New Jersey announces the passing of member, Gilbert Seltzer, AIA, on August 14th at the age of 106. Mr. Seltzer was a remarkable man, making great contributions to society with his architecture and his service in the Ghost Army of World War II.

Gil was a distinguished architect for over 80 years, designer of the the East Coast War Memorial in Battery Park, the Utica Auditorium, the original Newark campus of UMDNJ, the Kauffman Building of 92nd Street Y, and buildings at West Point, US Merchant Marine Academy, CUNY, Rutgers, William Paterson College, New Jersey City University, New Jersey Y Camps, and other New Jersey institutions. 

AIA New Jersey had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Seltzer on the occasion of his 105th birthday. Read the article HERE. He was also featured in the AIA National Member Spotlight HERE

Read his obituary in The Star-Ledger HERE.
The Utica Comets remember Mr. Seltzer HERE and HERE

WKTV shares the story HERE.
Listen to NPR”s coverage of Gil in the Ghost Army HERE.
Find his Ghost Army interview HERE


The Seltzer Family will be holding a Zoom memorial/funeral service for Gil on Thursday, August 19th at 11am, Eastern time.  Click here for the link, or please scroll down to find the login information.

Some have inquired if there is a charity to which people can contribute in Gil’s memory. Again, no obligation whatsoever, but if you wish, you can contribute to the Battery Conservancy,, or 1 Whitehall Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004. 
Please find the login info below:

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