In memoriam: LeRoy S. Troyer

Author: Mary Beth Zachariades

Distinguished Notre Dame alum LeRoy S. Troyer died on December 2, 2018 at the age of 81. Troyer grew up in an Amish family in Middlebury and took a non-traditional route to Notre Dame, graduating with a degree in architecture in 1971 and immediately establishing his firm, the Troyer Group, upon graduation. 

“LeRoy Troyer epitomized the mission of Notre Dame to be a force for good in the world. He truly lived his faith, combining his skills as an architect with his drive to help others, he impacted the lives of thousands of people through his decades of work with Habitat for Humanity,” said Michael Lykoudis, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, and everyone whose life he touched over his many years of service.”

Troyer was the recipient of the 2018 AIA Indiana Gold Medal, recognizing his lifetime of achievement. Beginning in 1985 he served on the international board of directors for Habitat for Humanity. He met former President Jimmy Carter in 1985 at a Habitat Build and was assigned as leader of the house that President Carter worked on - he continued in that role through 2018 when the Carter Work Project was held in Mishawaka-South Bend in Troyer’s honor. The work projects with the Carters resulted in building or rehabilitating more than 4,200 homes in 14 countries.