Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Master Tester

A man died the other day that I need to pay tribute to. His name was Norman Dorf and he was an Architect and a teacher. A master teacher I would say. He taught me, and numerous other Architectural Registration Exam candidates, how to think through the complicated scenario's the test presents. He was a master and 'We', his pupils, were willing apprentices eager to learn his method of work to pass the most difficult exam any registered architect has ever taken. He made us, who passed, a similar master as well. I never met Mr. Dorf but he personally marked my practice exams with comments. That took time and he was dedicated to teaching how to pass 'The Exam.' A man who knew the importance of sharing truth. A man, if not a Mason would have been a good one, who gave relief to the men and women who sought his help and could be considered a brother in the profession.

A Master has fallen.

Here is his Obituary from the New York Times.

Norman Kemmerer Dorf
DORF--Norman Kemmerer, of Glen Cove, NY on June 28, 2007, age 68. Born in Princeton, NJ. Survived by mother, Ruth Kemmerer Dorf, brother, Robert E. Dorf and sister, Molly D. Purrington. Father of Tracy, Tom and Whitney. Grandfather of Natalie, Spencer and Athena. Also survived by girlfriend Marie Lewis and faithful canine Kelsee. Predeceased by father Erling Dorf, Professor of Geology at Princeton University and brother Thomas A. Dorf. Honorably discharged from the Navy in 1963 after serving overseas. Class of 1963 at MIT, Norman went on to work as an architect with Marcel Breuer on the Whitney Museum before working with Davis, Brody & Associates architectural firm in New York City. Served as Project Manager on the 1982 restoration of the New York Public Library. Served 16 years on the ARE committee of NCARB in exam creation and grading. Norman, author of study guide Solutions, was a dedicated teacher to thousands of Architectural Examination candidates around the country and the world. His absence creates a large void in the world of exam preparation, mentoring and lecturing. Travelling, sailing and spending treasured times with many close friends were amongst Norman's favorite activities. Services to take place in Princeton, NJ and Glen Cove, NY, please see for schedule. In lieu of flowers, donations in Norman's name may be made to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (
Published in the New York Times on 7/2/2007.

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