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John W. Rietz, architect known for designing medical facilities, dies

John W. Rietz, architect known for designing medical facilities, dies

John W. Rietz, a retired architect known for designing medical facilites and for his work with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, died April 17 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis at his Hunt Valley home. He was 73.

“He was a character, passionate about his work, deeply loyal to his friends and incredibly creative, and wanted to help bring tremendous design and true functionality to his work,” said Susan B. Ward, vice president of operations at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

“He was an integral part of our organization,” said Jonathan V. Wilson, executive director of the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. “He had passion and...

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