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David George

1922 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
David George Obituary
David Webster George, Dallas and Fort Worth architect, died Monday morning, Oct. 7, 2013, in Grapevine. Celebration of life: 2:30 p.m. Friday at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, Midway at Northwest Highway, Dallas. David was born in Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 26, 1922, to Calvin Webster George and Ollie McReynolds George of Cleveland, Okla. He attended the University of Oklahoma school of architecture for two years before serving in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 with the 131st Infantry Division (Texas National Guard) as a second lieutenant and first lieutenant. David was later called into the Korean War in 1952. He served as a captain in the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery for 1st ROK Artillery Corps. After World War II, David became an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright. He studied architecture with Mr. Wright at Taliesin in Wisconsin and Arizona in the late 1940s. He left Taliesin and enrolled in architecture school at North Carolina State and graduated with a degree in architecture in 1949. In 1950, David married Xena Gill of Fort Worth. Their daughter, Molly George Brown, and her husband, Shawn Brown survive him. He is also survived by grandchildren Brooks David Brown and Madeline Brown Siegel and husband Sean. Other survivors are nieces, Abigail Boatman and Nancy Newman and many other great nieces and nephews. David formed The Architects Partnership in Dallas in 1960. After the death of Frank Lloyd Wright, David was called in to assist in supervising the construction of the Dallas Theater Center. He worked with Taliesin Architects on various projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the years and attended many Taliesin reunions both in Wisconsin and at Taliesin West in Arizona. After Xena's death in 1983, David married Tinkie Wrightsman. Tinkie and her children, Jim Wrightsman and wife, Tracey, Don Wrightsman and wife, Anna, survive him. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Brandt, Virginia, Grace and Jonathan, Leslie Catherine, Webster and Benjamin. David was a very distinguished architect. He was known for using a rhythmic system of grids and natural materials that blend in with the environment. Among his many commissions, David designed buildings in the Hill Country at Horseshoe Bay, Olla Podrida in Dallas, Red Apple Inn in Arkansas and Green Oaks Inn in Fort Worth. Dallas and Fort Worth are dotted with residences he designed. One in particular is the Cynthia Brants Studio in Fort Worth. David was a recipient of 12 architectural design awards and was elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He has also received recognition from the Architectural League of New York and the American Federation of Arts. Throughout his 50-plus-year career, David George's work has appeared in many national magazines and publications. He was recently honored by the Dallas Chapter of the AIA for a home he designed in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas designated as the Premier Home on the Annual Tour of Homes.
Published in Star-Telegram from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013
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