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Robert Shannon

September 21, 1945 — February 2, 2023

Santa Fe, NM

Robert Foote Shannon was born September 21, 1945 in Kansas City MO and died peacefully at home in Santa Fe NM on February 2, 2023. He was 77 years old. He died from complications of lung cancer while in the loving care of his life partner Steven Fellows.
Bob was the son of Adrian Foote Shannon and Mary Oliver Shannon of Lima OH. Bob attended the Lawrenceville School in NJ, followed by Yale University in New Haven CT earning his Master's Degree in Architecture in 1967. Following grad-school, he moved to Windham VT to start his practice. Bob was an architect of note, an artist, inventor and writer. His life and his life's work focused on sustainable living through creative design. He founded the Fourth Corner Foundation in 1995 and developed a campus at his home in Windham VT. Later he established a winter home and second campus in Santa Fe, NM.
Bob is survived by his son, Thomas Foote Shannon of Miami FL, and daughter Elizabeth Thankful Shannon of West Hollywood CA.
"When he could build with the
simplest palette, polishing the
dirt to a silver shiny luster,
he would revel in his new
material invention,
always the apostle
of simplicity in
the most complex way"
-Lawrence Linder-
Two celebration of life events are being planned. One will be held on March 25th in Santa Fe, NM. The other will be on July 28th in Windham, VT. Information will posted on the foundation website at as well as

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