SOUTH THOMASTON – G. W. Terry Rankine, FAIA, RIBA, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Portland, at age 86. Terry was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Dunfirmline, Scotland, where his lifelong love of reading began at Carnegie Library.
Like many children of his generation, he was fascinated with aviation, the great ships of the age and was an avid model builder and mischief-maker. In 1943, he attended The School of Architecture, at Edinburgh College of Art. His studies were interrupted by service in the Royal Navy – Fleet Air Arm, where he was trained in aircrew until V-J Day, then finished his naval service as a meteorologist. On returning to his studies he graduated with degrees in architecture, and town and country planning in 1952. In 1953, he married Dorothy Forrest of Edinburgh, Scotland, a fellow student at Edinburgh College of Art. Terry worked as a planner in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, and London, before moving to Quebec, in 1955. In 1958, he joined the firm TAC – The Architects Collaborative, Cambridge, Mass. In 1962, Terry left TAC to become one of the seven founding partners of C7A – Cambridge Seven Associates. This particular collaboration was one of the first times that an interdisciplinary practice involving all the visual arts: film, urban design, architecture, interiors, exhibit, and graphic design and planning was formed to comprehensively undertake design projects for the built environment. Its early notable projects included design guidelines for Massachusetts Transportation Authority, The U.S. Pavilion at EXPO’67, and New England Aquarium. During his 30-plus years at C7A, he was the partner in charge of more than 40 diverse projects around the globe. Most notable included the U.S. Pavilion at EXPO’67, interiors for the DC-10, USS Nautilus Museum for the Navy, MBTA Porter Square Subway Station, Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, North Carolina Museum of History, and a tourism master plan for Stirling, Scotland. He led corporate projects for Arthur D Little and United Technologies, and academic projects for numerous colleges including Smith College, Williams College, Carlton College, Wellesley College, Bowdoin College, University of Massachusetts, University of Maine, Brown University and Tabor Academy. In addition to his leadership at C7A, he was very active in local and national activities of AIA – American Institute of Architects. He was a fellow in AIA, and a member of RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects. He served as president of both Boston Society of Architects and Massachusetts State AIA, and as a national AIA Board Member on numerous committees. He was a member of a task force that traveled to Scott Base, McMurdo Station in Antarctica. He also taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Boston Architectural College, and he served on numerous juries and reviews. Terry withdrew from C7A in 1992 to live year round in South Thomaston. He became active on the boards of Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, Owl’s Head, and Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport. Terry may have grown old in years, but never in spirit and exercised his curiosity to the end. Apart from his love of design and history, his great enthusiasm was flying and soaring; he owned various airplanes and sailplanes for many years, and earned his private pilot and instrument ratings. He never lost his Scottish accent.
In addition to unfinished books and projects, he leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Dorothy (Forrest) of South Thomaston; son, Symon Rankine of Brunswick; daughter Lesley “Piper” Rankine and son-in-law, Paul Sanni and grandson, August “Gus” Rankine Sanni, of Wakefield Mass.; and sister, Christine Wishart (Rankine) of Dunfermline, Scotland.
By his request there will be no services. Memorial donations can be made to a pet shelter or appropriate charity of your choosing. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home with Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. To offer condolences to the Rankine family, please visit