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WALTER EUGENE GEORGE JR. was born in Wichita Falls Texas, October 28, 1922 and died on January 16, 2013 in Austin. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Mary Carolyn George; three daughters Dr. Susan Elizabeth George and her husband LtCol Stephen Brewer, Carol George, and Barbara Jane Gunter and her husband Lt Col Dana Gunter. He is also survived by four grandchildren Emily and Thomas Hicks, Valerie Gunter, Lt. Daniel Gunter and his wife Kristen; and one great-grandchild Colin Mehrer. He served during World War II as a pilot in the Eighth Air Force in England. He was shot down over Germany and eluded capture for seven days. He then spent almost a year as a POW in Stalag Luft I. In 1950, he received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University as a student of Walter Gropius.
One of the leading architects in the historic preservation movement, he reactivated the Historic American Buildings Survey in Texas in 1961. His restoration projects included the Yorktown Battlefield in Virginia, the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, and the Willis-Moody House in Galveston. He served as Resident Architect for Colonial Williamsburg in the 1970s.
While maintaining a professional practice, George established a notable career as an educator in Texas and Kansas. As the first recipient of a professorship established by the San Antonio Conservation Society, he inaugurated a graduate program in Historic Preservation at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Gene George Endowed Architecture Scholarship in Historic Preservation was established in his honor at UTSA. Memorials may be made to this fund. Gene George was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects and in October of 2012, he received a Presidential Citation from the Texas Society of Architects. With his wife, Mary Carolyn Hollers George, a cultural historian, he has published extensively.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, at 4 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th Street, Austin Texas.
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home - (512) 452-8811. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services
3125 North Lamar Avenue Austin, TX 78705
Published in Express-News on Jan. 20, 2013