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Alexander Caragonne was born February 26, 1935 and passed away on September 12, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Jean Caragonne, his son George, and stepson John Shackelford. He is survived by his wife Margie Meador Shackelford; his daughter Chrys Chilcott and spouse Tony; his stepchildren Bruce M. Shackelford and Tracey Ann Threadgill; his brother Peter Caragonne and wife Donna; and a sister Penny. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Glenn, Emma, Margaret, Shawn, Traci, and Julia. Caragonne was an architect, educator, and author who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960. He wrote the book The Texas Rangers: Notes From an Architectural Underground (MIT Press) about this important period at the School of Architecture. He received his Masters in Architecture from Cornell University in 1968 under the guidance of the late Colin Rowe, with whom Caragonne later collaborated on the three-volume As I Was Saying (MIT Press). Caragonne is also the author of the forthcoming book Teaching Architecture. Among his works in San Antonio were the Plaza Guadalupe and a grand masterplan for the rejuvenation of Broadway. Caragonne taught throughout his career at prestigious schools of architecure at the University of Texas at Austin, UTSA, Harvard, Yale, and Cornell. If anyone would like to make a donation in memory of Alex, please make the donation to the ALS Society, 8600 Wurzbach Road, Suite 700, San Antonio Texas 78240.
Published in Express-News on Sept. 13, 2012