William L. Ensign, architect

Tuesday, December 14, 2010; 10:57 PM

William L. Ensign, 81, a Washington architect who retired in 1997 after two years as Acting Architect of the Capitol, died of a brain hemorrhage Dec. 7 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. He was a Bethesda resident.

Mr. Ensign spent his early career as a partner in a Washington architecture firm, McLeod, Ferrara and Ensign, which had a speciality in school and college design. He served as assistant architect of the Capitol from 1980 to 1995.

William Lloyd Ensign was born on the West Indian island of Trinidad, then under British control. His father was an American.

The younger Ensign was a 1950 civil and architectural engineering graduate of the University of Colorado. He received a master's degree in architecture from Columbia University in 1952 and then spent six years in the Navy.

He was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and sat on the organization's national board. He was a former president of the AIA's Washington chapter. He received many awards from the AIA.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, June Pollinger Ensign of Bethesda; two sons, David Ensign of Washington and Evan Ensign of New York; a half brother; a stepsister; and a grandson.

- Adam Bernstein


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