James Thomas Lile, architect | Obituary

James Thomas Lile, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died on July 4, 2022 at the age of 91. Born in 1931 in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of Chester C. and Eva G. Lile, and the brother of Nancy L. Sage, who predeceased him.

Jim graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1949, and from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in architecture, in 1954. He then served two years in the military, including a year in Germany as part of a border unit, where he worked as a draftsman.

Upon his return, he resumed his career as an architect and returned to Philadelphia. In 1958, he married the former Judith P. Hippel. They raised their three children in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.

In the early 1960s, he joined the Philadelphia architecture firm Alexander Ewing & Associates; he was made a partner in 1973 and remained with the firm until his early retirement in 1994.

He is survived by his daughters, Kenna Lile Broadbent (Stephen Broadbent), Grace Lile (Arthur Goldwag) and son James Clay Lile; grandsons Nathan Goldwag and Elijah Goldwag; and ex-wife Judith Lile-Hynes.

Services and internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s memory at Water Street Mission in Lancaster. To leave a condolence online, please visit:

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