In Remembrance: Hollye Fisk, FAIA

Hollye Carson Fisk, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, died peacefully at home in Dallas with his wife by his side on December 21, 2023 following a recent cancer diagnosis complicated by Parkinson’s disease.

Hollye was born in Houston, Texas on October 16, 1946 to Aubry Blanchard “Red” Fisk and Elizabeth Carson “Betty” Fisk. After graduating from Lamar High School in Houston, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors in 1970 and continued on to law school at UT, receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1972.

Hollye had a distinguished legal career representing architects and engineers. He was a 50-year member of the State Bar of Texas and a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was also a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. In 2017, he was among the first Texas lawyers to become Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The DBA Construction Law Section recently honored him with its Legend Award for his significant contributions to the practice of construction law, and the State Bar Construction Law Section will posthumously confer its Pioneer Award in March 2024. Early in his career, when the DBA moved its headquarters to the A. H. Belo House (now named the Arts District Mansion), Hollye performed the research to obtain a historical marker commemorating the Mansion’s history and architecture.

Hollye was also licensed to practice architecture, and he did so exclusively for several years prior to practicing law. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects and was certified by the NCARB. In 1991, the AIA recognized him with its highest membership honor, naming him as a member of the AIA College of Fellows with an investiture ceremony on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Hollye was also a founding member of The Jefferson Society, Inc., a group of architect-attorneys committed to being a resource on the legal aspects of the practice of architecture.

Hollye was very proud of his family: his wife Susan; his sons Robert Carson Fisk and David Hollye Fisk, both attorneys; daughters-in-law Kendall Bryant Fisk and Casey Cox Fisk, also attorneys; and grandchildren Scarlett Elizabeth and Turner Carson Fisk (Carson) and Brennan Guy, Owen Lanier, and Conner Lee Fisk (David), who knew him as “Pop.” He is survived by his wife, his sons and their families, his brother, Aubry Fisk, Jr.; Aubry’s daughters Stacy Picone, Shannon Gauntt, and Robyn Bone; his late half-sister Barbara Osborne’s daughters Lynn Bolin and Dana Goodwin; his sister-in-law Carol S. Rowley, nephew Christopher Rowley, and many great-nephews and nieces.

A Requiem Eucharist will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration at 2:00 p.m. on January 13, 2024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Endowment Fund of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, TX 75254; the Hollye C. Fisk, FAIA, Excellence Fund in Architecture, UT School of Architecture, 310 Inner Campus Dr. #B7500, Austin, TX 78712; Baylor Scott & White Foundation Oncology Research, 301 N. Washington Ave., Dallas, TX 75246; or Parish Episcopal School Gloria H. Snyder Financial Aid Fund, 4101 Sigma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244.

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