Published in The Washington Post on June 3, 2018
John F. Dirks, Jr. "Jack"
Passed away on February 25, 2018 in Charleston, SC.
He was born in Washington, DC on August 14, 1933 to now deceased mother, Mildred
Pidgeon Dirks and father, John F. Dirks, Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years Janet Dirks, three children, son, John Frank Dirks, III
(wife Lynne), son, Mark Dirks (wife, Alison) and daughter, Michelle Parry (husband, Mike).
He is also survived by eight grandchildren. Jack was predeceased by his former wife,
Margaret Curling Dirks.
He graduated from St. Johns High School in 1951 and Catholic University of America
with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1956 and a Master of City and Regional Planning in 1968
and was a member of the AIA since 1962.
He served on active duty in the Navy from 1956 to 1958 and was in the reserves until 1962.
Jack' started his career as an architect with his mentor William Crandall Suite. He later
designed beach houses in DE and MD. He also worked as a civilian for the Navy at
NAVFAC and CHESDIV as an architect and planner. He enjoyed a long career with The
Onyx Group in Alexandria, VA and in San Diego, CA where he retired at the end of 2005.
He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins beginning with the first game he attended
with his father in 1939.
A Celebration of Life was held in Charleston and was attended by many friends and family.
Donations may be made to The Catholic University of America, Office of University
Advancement, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC. 20064.