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Victor Christian Detlev Koch
Born in Berlin, Germany July 5, 1941, Vic immigrated in 1951 and became a U.S. citizen in 1955. He graduated from High School in Clearfield PA, earned a BS in Industrial Design from Philadelphia College of Art, and then landed his dream job as a designer for General Motors in Detroit. Finding the corporate environment unsatisfying, Vic moved to San Francisco to work as a freelance designer. Moving to the Atlanta area in 1970, he worked for a small exhibit company before returning to independent freelance work for the last 20 years of his career. Vic applied his creative mind and deft hand to a wide variety of professional design projects: cars; retail environments, including a jewelry store at Lenox Square; trade show exhibits, including a giant walk-though stomach; even a Caribbean resort. Vic was happiest doing. His leisure projects included building a saltwater cruising sailboat; restoring several collectable cars, one of which achieved first-in-class honors at seven national events; and renovating a handful of old houses. As he faced his approaching death and reflected on his life, Vic spoke most warmly about the role he played in helping to establish a community environment in Williams Park, Smyrna where he lived since 1972. He was so happy to see neighbors gathering socially, pitching in on projects, gardening, walking dogs, and raising families. That’s where he found gratification. Vic died at home from leukemia on August 26, 2017. With him through it all and at his end was his best friend and partner of 38 years, Casey Clavin. She is his only survivor. A celebration of Vic’s life is planned, though the date has not yet been determined. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Leukemia Research Foundation.


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