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John Warnecke, Kennedy Grave Site Architect, Dies at Age 91
In this May 11, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy, left, discusses drawings with Washington architect John Warnecke as they look over a possible site for a library to house his public papers near Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Warnecke, the architect who designed President John F. Kennedy's grave site at Arlington National Cemetery, has died. He was 91. Warnecke's son, Fred, said his father died on April 17 of complications from pancreatic cancer at his home in Healdsburg, Calif. AP Photo.

By: Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP).- John Carl Warnecke, the architect who designed President John F. Kennedy's grave site at Arlington National Cemetery, has died.

Warnecke met Kennedy in the early 1960s and developed a close friendship with the First Couple. The president tapped him to restore Lafayette Square across from the White House in 1962. He was later appointed to the federal fine arts commission.

Warnecke was a proponent of contextual architecture, known for bringing a sensitivity to environment and history to his designs. His many projects included the Hart Senate Office Building and Kennedy's grave site with its eternal flame.

Warnecke's son, Fred, says the 91-year-old died April 17 from pancreatic cancer at his ranch near Healdsburg, along the Russian River.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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