Remembering Doug: A Memorial Program
My grandparents, Melmae and Doug Vicary.
I quickly set to work to put together a pleasing and important account of my grandfather’s life. He had been a residential architect in Seattle for his entire career, building countless homes and apartment buildings in the area. (With his red hair, I always think of my grandfather when reading Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.)
Desiring some visual interest for inside of the program cover, I pulled inspiration from a cinder block pattern from one of his designs that I thought was interesting and indicative of his career in the 1960s, and used it on the inside cover of the booklet.
I compiled photos from the family, as well as biographical information and personal anecdotes.
In my mind, I kept going back to something my grandparents always said when surrounded by their family: “Look what we started.” Referring of course to the family they created together. Including my grandfather’s most cherished legacy became my focus, and I felt that a family tree was just the thing to do that.
As I started putting the family tree together, I decided that the memorial programs would be a keepsake for my family, so I wanted to add details that my family would enjoy and reference beyond that day. So the historian in me set to work collecting every birthday and wedding date to include as well.
Later that evening, she called my mother, Miriam, as she usually does. She said, “Oh, Miriam! I just found the most wonderful book. I don’t know where it came from, but it’s all about your dad, it has everything about our life in it. It is just wonderful.”
Melmae and Doug, on a cruise to Greece.