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Architect Jacobs, designer of familiar Gainesville buildings, dies at age 93
N.A. Jacobs Jr., a prominent Gainesville architect, died Saturday at age 93.

Prominent Gainesville architect N.A. Jacobs Jr. died Saturday at age 93.

Jacobs' architectural designs can be seen throughout the area, including the Brenau University Downtown Center, formerly the Georgia Mountains Center, the 1960 Hall County courthouse and the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church of Gainesville.

In addition, he designed numerous buildings on both University of North Georgia campuses in Dahlonega and Gainesville, Young Harris College and the University of Georgia, as well as for public schools in Hall and Gwinnett counties.

Jacobs was a native of Grayson who served as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II, flying cargo planes and carrying VIPs and wounded soldiers in both Europe and the Pacific. He donated his flight log to the Library of Congress as part of its Veterans History Project, and earned the Daughters of the American Revolution's Distinguished Citizens Award in 2014.

Following the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Georgia Tech. He later served on the National Architectural Registration Board for three Georgia governors.

Jacobs was a deacon at First Baptist Church and a longtime member of the Gainesville Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 70 years, and their children, grandchildren and their families.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Monday in the First Baptist chapel. Memorial Park North is in charge of arrangements.

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