Christopher Karl Graeff passed away on January 20, 2011, in Portland, Oregon.
He graduated Westfield High School, went to the University of Buffalo, transferred to Syracuse School of Architecture, and graduated top of his class.
He worked for Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburg on urban renewal; taught at Pima College, Arizona and was coordinator of the art program at the Tucson campus; assistant professor at Portland State University, Oregon; licensed architect in Oregon, and built in Anchorage, Alaska for several years. Among his achievements are the Robert W. Rude Senior Citizen's Housing Project in Muldoon, Alaska, and the Mary Conrad Center, a congregate and intermediate care facility in Anchorage.
He is survived by his brothers Ronald Graeff of Oswego, N.Y., and Geoffrey Graeff of Liverpool, N.Y., and by his sister Valerie Chasin of Framingham, Mass. He is also survived by his companion Carol O'Gara of Aurora, Oregon.
A memorial service was held near Portland, Oregon on May 14, 2011. A private burial service was held at the Westfield cemetery on July 6, 2012.