SAG HARBOR, N.Y. - Jo Standley, 69, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., died in the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2007, in New York City.
She is survived by her husband, Noel Secor Florence of Sag Harbor; a sister, Kay Standley of Severna Park, Md.; and a nephew, LT. A. Bradley Soule IV, USCG.
Ms. Standley was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Cape Girardeau, Mo, to the late Lonnie M. and Lillian Reiss Standley. She spent her early years in Sikeston, Mo. and maintained close friendships with classmates in the Sikeston High School Class of 1956.
Architecture was her passion, which she dated from watching the construction of the Reiss Dairy building in Sikeston when she was nine years old. The dairy was owned by her father and grandfather. She received a B.S. in Architecture from Tulane University in 1962. In summers, she worked with Paul Buchmueller, Sikeston architect. She received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1963. She then moved to New York City where she was an architect in the firm of Curtis and Davis of New Orleans and New York.
She was involved in the design of housing projects, a correctional facility on Long Island, and the restoration of an historic hotel in Charleston, S.C. She was the lead architect of the Science Building for the State University of New York (Binghamton). She then worked with Max O. Urbahn Associates and was the lead architect on a New Jersey hospital and the award-winning Federal Home Loan Bank Building in Washington. D.C. She was also certified by the American Society of Interior Designers.
Later, Ms. Standley was on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and at Greensboro, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. While in Savannah, she was active in civic affairs, especially relating to architectural preservation, and she was chair of the Historic District Board of Review. She and her husband moved to New York in 2002, and at the time of her death, she was a member of the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board.
Ms. Standley and Mr. Florence married June 1, 1992, at the Chelsea Town Hall in London, England. The location had significance because Mr. Florence's grandmother had been commissioned in the late 1890s to paint a commemorative mural in the Hall. Mr. Florence is a prominent lighting designer, and until his retirement, was vice president of architectural lighting at Lightolier.