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Lonnie Hewitt Jr.

July 30, 1945January 25, 2021
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Lonnie Hewitt, Jr., a native of New Orleans, LA passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at the age of 75. Lonnie was an alumnus of L.B. Landry High School (1964) and Southern University and A&M College (1969). He was the President and co-founder of Hewitt-Washington & Associates Architects and Planners (founded in 1978), a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects), and The Collaborative—a group of small business owners who advocated for economic parity and equity for all local, small and disadvantaged businesses in New Orleans. Lonnie’s hobbies included cooking, working on home improvement projects and watching Saints football. But his greatest joy was being with his grandkids. Lonnie is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Carolyn Joseph Hewitt; daughters, Jonique Hewitt Narine (Seth), Sheena Hewitt Berry; son, Damon Todd Hewitt (Melissa); sisters, Helen Getridge (Donald), Doretha Muse (Elmo); brother, Tyrone Hewitt (Geneva); grandchildren, Mason Berry, Aminah, Avery and Desmond Todd Hewitt; and brother-in-law, Keith Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents, Selena Ankum and Lonnie Hewitt, Sr.; and daughter, Chelon Hewitt. Due to COVID-19 Funeral Services will be private. To offer a message of condolence, please visit In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to NOMA’s Project Pipeline, which empowers young people to affect change in their community through design.


  • Lonnie is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Carolyn Joseph Hewitt; daughters, Jonique Hewitt Narine (Seth), Sheena Hewitt Berry; son, Damon Todd Hewitt (Melissa); sisters, Helen Getridge (Donald), Doretha Muse (Elmo); brother, Tyrone Hewitt (Geneva); grandchildren, Mason Berry, Aminah, Avery and Desmond Todd Hewitt; and brother-in-law, Keith Joseph.


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Janice Barnes

February 2, 2021

Dear Hewitt Family,

I’m gripped by the loss of Lonnie, shared yesterday by NOMA. My very deepest sympathies.

As a young architect at Hewitt-Washington, Lonnie, whom I ALWAYS called Mr. Hewitt, represented a guiding voice in his deeply respectful and deeply respected work in the City of New Orleans. Accompanying him to a project meeting, etched in my memory, I learned how much he held the trust of community members and how carefully he held that trust. That time offered a life lesson and an important emphasis on mutual respect and care. We all carry stories of those who help to ‘raise us.’ Certainly I’m only one of many that he and James brought up as they brought us through their house.

I am so very sorry to hear of his passing.

With condolences for your loss and in honor of the family of this good man.
Janice Barnes
Hewitt Washington 1995-96

James Gray

February 1, 2021

Lonnie was a good man. I watched him start as a young architect and become a leader in the industry. He laid the groundwork for many to follow him.

Michael Tucker

January 31, 2021

"Uncle" Lonnie was one of my Dad's best friends since they were young and he will be missed immensely. He always had a smile and a kind word to say. I know that he and my Dad will now be in Heaven laughing and fussing about the Saints together. My Hewitt Family, you have my deepest sympathy and please know that if you need anything that I am only a call or text away. I love y'all and will be praying for us all to be able to recover from this great loss. 🙏😢

Paul Lambert

January 30, 2021

I was so saddened to hear of Lonnie’s passing earlier this week.

Lonnie worked with Sheila Danzey and I for more than a year leading a team of urban designers focused on the post Katrina neighborhood planning and rebuilding effort. As many were writing off New Orleans and particularly the City’s lowest income neighborhoods, Lonnie’s steady hand, calm, decency, and the respect he garnered from professionals and the community were central to creating a path forward for recovery. Without Lonnie’s involvement, many neighborhoods in the City would have taken much longer to recover if recover at all. He was a modest unsung hero of one of the most trying periods in the City’s 300-plus year history and we will always remember him for that.

Kimberly Dowdell

January 30, 2021

Words cannot fully express the loss felt by Mr. Hewitt’s NOMA Family. We were so blessed to have him join us for our last in person conference (Brooklyn ‘19). We are heartbroken that we won’t get to see him at NOMA anymore, but we are all so much better for having been inspired by him through the years. It’s such a blessing to know how much Mr. Hewitt cared for the future of our profession. We thank him and his family for requesting that donations are directed to NOMA’s Project Pipeline Camp for youth exposure to architecture. May Mr. Hewitt’s legacy live on through all of those who were touched by his kindness and generosity.

Kimberly Dowdell
NOMA Past President

Renee Kemp-Rotan

January 30, 2021

My deepest condolences to the Lonnie Hewitt family and to his partner James Washington of the Hewitt Washington architectural firm I have known this team for many many decades and as a member of noma I am so sorryful for this loss to our professional community as members of the American Institute of Architects and as lifelong member to the National organization of minority architects it's with Grace and honor that I salute his family for sharing him with the profession of
AMERICAN architecture. Members of noma will miss him horribly but we thank him for his service as an elder to the youth of this most labor intensive profession. May he rest peacefully and may God be pleased with his good works --that stand in evidence even with his untimely passing. One Love
Renee Kemp-Rotan, MEMBER of NOMA and AIA

Cynthia Mercier Holmes

January 30, 2021

Lady, you and the family are in my prayers daily. I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for Lonnies soul. Masses will be offered for him.


David Belfield III

January 29, 2021

A true gentleman and friend. Offered great assistance and advice during my tenure at HANO and during my Presidency of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Inc.. Always willing to lend a helping hand on any project. Also was one of my sponsors during my reign as King Zulu 1994.

My prayers and condolences are extended to his lovely wife and kids. He will be truly missed!🙏🏽


January 29, 2021

A precious light in your life is now dim. That light will shine again each time you remember your loved one.
On behalf of my siblings Willie G. Sanders (Sippi Red), Shelia G. Dupree (Dennis, Sr.) Jessie, Stephanie (Marcus) and I, we extend our deepest condolences to all who loved and mourn the passing of Mr. Lonnie Hewitt, Jr.,
We especially send our prayers of comfort to our dear friend and bonus brother Tyrone Hewitt.
May the prayers and support of friends, the passing of time and your precious memories see you through the days ahead.

Warren Spears

January 29, 2021

The Hewitt Family
My thoughts and prayers are with you'll. I share in your loss and I am thinking of you with my deepest sympathy. May you find comfort with family and friends.
W. Spears
Palm Air


Enjoying a Laugh


Honoring a Friend


Who Dat


Lonnie & Friends at the NOMA Convention


The Hewitts at Home - 1980's


All Dressed up on Cecil Street


At Beaches, Ochos Rios


Young Love


Tyrone, Doretha, Helen, and Lonnie