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Gary Alan Fowler left the world too soon from sudden heart failure on October 18th at the age of 65 while traveling in Irving, TX. He is survived by his loving wife, Victoria “Vicky” Galphin Fowler, and his children, Lauren Victoria Fowler Thomas (spouse Kip Thomas), Nicholas Galphin Fowler and William Alan Fowler, his beloved granddaughter, Cleo Josephine Fowler, and his brother Roger Neal Fowler. He was preceded in death by his parents Doris Jane Neal Fowler, from Van Buren, Arkansas, and Manford William “Pete” Fowler from Medford, Wisconsin. Born on May 31st, 1955 in Van Buren, Arkansas, Gary’s childhood was spent playing baseball with neighborhood friends and his brother, Roger Fowler. He quickly stood out as an outstanding baseball player, especially as a hitter, and always a major contributor to the all star team. At the age of 12, he became interested in golf, inspired by the great Jack Nicklaus. He continued to play baseball, football and golf throughout his high school years, where he excelled academically, athletically and artistically. He attended the Tulane School of Architecture on academic scholarship, receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Architecture. Gary began his architectural career at tvsdesign, or TVS as it was known in 1978. His first assignment was the Georgia World Congress Center, where he made major design contributions on Phase II. His design talent, work ethic and winning personality quickly made him a team leader among his peers. As his career progressed, he was instrumental in the design of both phases of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a project that won a prestigious National AIA Honor Award. Gary then transitioned to office building design where he continued his rapid rise through the TVS ranks. While leading this studio, Gary was engaged in complex projects such as the Headquarters for Hartford Life Insurance in Hartford, CT; and spent several years on multiple buildings on the three Merrill Lynch campuses in Denver, CO; Jacksonville, FL; and Princeton, NJ. He was very proud of these projects and enjoyed talking about them. As a principal and studio head, Gary was excited to land the “Big Fish,” the Georgia Aquarium. The project was his proudest professional accomplishment, especially through the enjoyment it brings to Atlanta and the surrounding communities. Gary completed his career at TVS as one of the principals-in-charge and primary designers of the largest project ever undertaken by TVS - The Lagoons - in Dubai, UAE. During his last year with the firm, he moved his family to Dubai where he served as the TVS lead on-site architect. Gary made many lifetime friends at TVS, mentored countless young intern architects and had a positive lasting influence on a new generation of architects and designers. Returning from Dubai in 2009, Gary accepted the position of Director of Design for Collaborative Real Estate (formerly Gateway Development) for the last decade where he oversaw the design of many facilities at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta and at universities around the country. An extremely accomplished golfer and former winner of the Southern Open, Gary was a long time member of Ansley Golf Club, where he had many friendships and decades of memories. He also loved travel, convertibles, and most of all, his family. Gary’s charming, loving and hilarious personality touched all of those that were lucky enough to meet him. Gary, or “Garo” as he was endearingly named, was truly larger than life, and will forever be missed.
The family will hold a private celebration of Gary’s life. Charitable donations can be made to First Tee Atlanta (www.firstteeatlanta.org), an organization committed to building character and instilling values in the youth through the game of golf. As a second option, donations can be made to the Tulane School of Architecture in support of scholarships for future students (https://bit.ly/3dSd2eG).

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So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary and I were friends at Tulane. We knew Gary would become an accomplished archit…
So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary and I were friends at Tulane. We knew Gary would become an…
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Ron and I are sooo sorry for your tragic loss, we will be praying for you and your family!🙏❤️
Ron and I are sooo sorry for your tragic loss, we will be praying for you and your family!🙏❤️
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Love you, girl! You guys were a special couple and he was a great guy! I will keep you all in my prayers.
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