UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
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In Memory of Herb Stovel (1948-2012), ACP Honorary Associate Professor

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With great sadness, ACP mourns the passing of Mr. Herb Stovel, who passed away of heart failure on 14 March 2012. He is survived by his wife, Meryl Oliver, and two children, Colin and Virginia.

Herb was an Honorary Associate Professor of ACP, and he was actively involved in teaching ACP’s technical courses, especially in the programme’s early years.

Trained as an architect and an architectural conservationist, Herb held two tenure professorships, the first in the School of Architecture at the University of Montreal, and later in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. He taught conservation at both universities. Significantly, he held the Directorship of the Heritage Settlements Unit at the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM, a UNESCO-affiliated organization).

Widely respected for his active promotion of conservation within an international framework, Herb is acknowledged as a key person involved in the international adoption of the ground-breaking Nara Document on heritage authenticity. Last year, Herb’s work in conservation was recognized with the equivalent of the Noble Prize in conservation – the most prestigious ICCROM Award, for which candidates are nominated by UNESCO.

ACP is privileged to have had him as one of us, and we will always remember him as a close friend, a great teacher and a caring mentor.

Hoyin, for ACP

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