Joelouis Mattox, our longest serving member of the Historic Preservation Commission, has passed away. His commitment to the preservation of Kansas City’s buildings and historic sites could be witnessed through his long years of service. He served many years on the commission, beginning in its early years alongside Jane Flynn and was reappointed in 2004 as the commission’s historian. He was honored in 2008 with the commissions’ Jane Flynn Lifetime Achievement in Preservation Award. He was a strong advocate for identifying and nominating the significant African-American historic sites in the city, and during Commission meetings Joe always made a point of recognizing properties which had reached or surpassed 100 years in age, thanking each applicant for their stewardship of our City’s historic resources His commitment and vast knowledge of our city’s history will be greatly missed.