Architect Gehry to be honored at Cleveland campus

CLEVELAND (AP) — Famed architect Frank Gehry will receive an honorary degree from Case Western Reserve University, marking the 10th anniversary of a swirling Gehry-designed building on the Cleveland campus.

The university announced the commencement honor on Monday.

Case says the commencement speaker May 19 will be Progressive insurance magnate Peter B. Lewis. He donated more than half the $62 million cost of the curvy metallic Gehry building bearing Lewis’ name.

Gehry’s other credits include the titanium-covered Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

A graduate student was killed and two people were wounded in a shooting rampage at the Lewis building months after it opened. A former student, Biswanath Halder, now 72, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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