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DAVID JACOBSON David Jacobson, 89, a prominent architect, of Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at his home in Las Vegas. David was born Jan. 30, 1919, in White Plains, N.Y. He graduated from Bronxville High School and earned his bachelor's degree in 1940, and masters of science in architecture in 1942, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In Nov. 1942, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and served as First Officer on the gunship, LCI-G 474. His ship supported landings at Saipan and Guam and was sunk during the landing at Iwo Jima Feb. 17, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service. He retired from the Navy in May 1946, and began a distinguished career designing hotels and casinos. In 1956, David established his architectural firm, David Jacobson Associates, with offices in Arcadia, Calif., Reno, Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J. Specializing in hotel casino architecture, David came to be known as "the architect of the Atlantic City skyline"; among his many projects were Trump Castle, Trump Plaza, TropWorld, Harrah's and the Ocean Club. His work in Las Vegas included the New Frontier, the Desert Inn, and projects for Caesars Palace, the Silver Slipper and the Thunderbird, among others. After 42 years in business, David relocated to Las Vegas, where he provided business development and architectural consulting services to Bergman Walls & Associates until soon before his death. David had a wide range of interests beyond architecture, including aircraft, automobile design and music. He was an accomplished amateur jazz pianist and a devoted reader of the New Yorker magazine. Survivors include his wife, of 21 years, Dorrie Jacobson of Las Vegas; his four children, Mark Jacobson of Bethesda, Md., Wade Jacobson of Lahaina, Hawaii, Jodi Jacobson of Las Vegas, and Greg Jacobson of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; one grandson, Sgt. Benjamin Jacobson (USMC) of Vista, Calif.; and one sister, Peggy Roberts of San Rafael, Calif.; as well as, his nieces, nephews and the many dear friends and colleagues whose love and respect he has earned and cherished. Services are pending.

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