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Douglas Grogan

Grogan, Douglas Reid longtime Architect of Irving, passed away peacefully at his home in Irving on January 22, 2013. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 3 at Donnelly's Colonial Funeral Home. Service is 12:30 p.m., Monday, February 4 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving followed by interment at 2:30 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Doug was born June 9, 1923 in Weatherford, Texas. He graduated from Weatherford High School in 1940 and attended Weatherford Junior College for one year and Texas A&M for 2 years. He enlisted in the Army in December 1942 and received specialized training, followed by two semesters at the Citadel. In 1944, he was sent to Europe, entered combat and was promoted to acting Sergeant. Soon thereafter, he received a battlefield commission to 2nd Lt. and then to 1st Lt. A proud recipient of the Expert Infantryman Badge, Doug was awarded the Bronze Star with Clusters for meritorious service in combat as well as several other combat related awards, including the good conduct medal. On December 10, 2012, Doug was honored by the French Government and appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for his contribution in the liberation of France in WWII. Doug was discharged from service in July 1946 and married Barbara Smith in August that year. After their marriage, Doug returned to A&M receiving a degree in Architecture. He stayed active in the Texas National Guard. He worked for the George Dahl Architectural firm and later in 1953 they moved to Irving where Doug set up his own architectural firm with partner, Jim Scoggins. Among their many commissions were the current Irving City Hall, numerous churches, commercial buildings, personal residences, shopping centers and projects across North Texas. He was designated Architect Emeritus by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects. During his years in Irving, Doug served on many City and Civic Boards, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Los Colinas Rotary Club and a longtime active member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church where he taught for many years. He was honored as a Life Deacon for his service. Preceded in death by his parents, C.B. and Blanche Grogan, he is survived by his wife, Barbara Smith Grogan; son, Dr. Douglas R. Grogan, Jr. and wife Patty; daughter, Deborah Paxton and husband John; brother, Roy Grogan and wife, Jeanne; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to Plymouth Park Baptist Church; the DAV; or a .

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 27, 2013
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