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Friends and colleagues remember Carl Inoway as a powerful, yet humble, individual who held strong values, sought to do good work and didn't look for recognition.

Inoway served as dean of the University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture from 1986 to 1992. He died on Feb. 3 in Cheyenne, Wyo., at age 73.

Inoway "knew what he believed and he valued good work . . . and that was his reward," said Roger Borgenicht, director of ASSIST Inc. - a nonprofit community-design program where Inoway served as the first director.

"Usually when people get in a position of power they get all puffed up. That wasn't Carl," Borgenicht said. "He was a pretty rare individual. There was never any part of him that needed an ego stroke."

The last time Borgenicht saw Inoway was during the 2004 Salt Lake Arts Festival. The two friends talked about the architect's interest in ceramics and their mutual love of fly-fishing.

In 1969, through the joint sponsorship of the Graduate School of Architecture and the Utah Society of the American Institute of Architects, Inoway was instrumental in starting ASSIST Inc. - one of the nation's first community-design programs.

In 1972, he started the emergency home-repair program, after a survey of homeowners in central Salt Lake City found that people on fixed incomes couldn't afford to keep up their homes. That program still exists.

Peter Atherton, an associate dean and professor at the U. College of Architecture and Planning, said Inoway always was modest about his contribution to projects - which include the Community Design Center, Multi-Ethnic Housing and Utah Non-Profit Housing.

"His tireless effort and architectural talent were central to the success of these and many other projects of great value to the community," Atherton said.

Inoway moved to Salt Lake City in 1945 from Lima, Ohio. He graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City and later earned a bachelor's of fine arts degree from the U.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. In 1963, he received a master's of architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Narimatsu Inoway, two daughters, a son, many grandchildren and a sister.

Friends are invited to visit with the family today from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Garner Funeral Home, 1001 E. 11th Ave. in Salt Lake City.