Russell Ronald Reynolds, 85, passed away on February 25, 2014 after a brief illness. Russell was born on February 10, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up in and around San Antonio, he and his family followed his fathers' career in the U.S. Air Force
. Russell was a 1947 graduate of Brackenridge High School, where he took part in the Texas Relays as a member of the track team and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Russell briefly attended Rice Institute in Houston and completed his university education at the University of Texas
at Austin School of Architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1955. In 1953, Russell successfully completed the state licensing examination and was in the unique position of being a registered architect in Texas before completing his university education. During and after his college years Russell worked at the firm of Atlee B. Ayres and Robert M. Ayres Architects in San Antonio, and for Fehr and Granger Architects in Austin.
In 1960, Russell moved to Houston to accept a position with the office of George F. Pierce/Abel B. Pierce Architects and Planners. Between 1965 and 1967, he lived and worked in the United Kingdom where he served as Project Architect for the Pierce office on the design and construction of a new forge plant for Cameron Iron Works just outside Edinburgh, Scotland. During this time in the U.K. Russell met his future bride, Judyth Isabelle Muras. Judyth and Russell were married at Caxton Hall in London, England in June 1966. Russell greatly enjoyed his time in the U.K. along with the subsequent opportunity to travel extensively throughout Western Europe. It was just one of many high points both personal and professional, and one that Russell greatly enjoyed reminiscing about for the rest of his life. In 1968, Russell joined Lloyd Morgan Jones Associates. In 1982 he was names a Senior Associate of the firm. Russell was often called the "technical mentor" of the office since he had a unique knowledge in the many technical aspects of architecture and enjoyed working out the details that were so important to getting the building built. As a Project Director for the office Russell contributed to many recognized and admired building in Houston and elsewhere. These included the Greenway Plaza complex, Sewall Hall and Allen Center at Rice University, Kincaid School, Tenneco Computer Center, Hotel Meridien (now Doubletree Hotel at Allen Center), Allied Bank Plaza (now Wells Fargo Plaza), the America Tower (2929 Allen Parkway), Four Allen Center, the proposed Bank of the Southwest Tower, Smith Tower (Methodist Hospital), Orlando Arena, and Foley's Department Stores. When Lloyd Jones Filpot completed its last commissions in 1992, Russell continued working, now as an independent contractor and consultant. His work during this time included employment with John S. Chase Architects where he worked on the new track stadium and parking garage for the University of Texas at Austin and Hermes Reed Architects where he worked on Reliant Center, the new exhibition and convention hall that replaced the venerable Astrohall.
Russell retired from the practice of architecture in late 2008 just before his 80th birthday and spent the next several years close to home in Houston enjoying the company of his sons David and Mark, both of whom followed their dad into architecture and never stopped seeking his guidance and advice. In addition to his life and work as an architect, Russell's many and varied interests included woodworking, reading, home and auto repairs, military history (in particular the Civil War and World War Two), classical music and listening to the Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera from New York City, and watching Houston PBS (Channel 8). Russell was enthusiastic follower of Texas Longhorn athletics and a fan of the Astros, Rockets and Texans.
Russell was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years Judyth Muras Reynolds and by his parents, Lucile C. Reynolds and Walter L. Reynolds, both of San Antonio, Texas. He is survived by his sons David M. Reynolds of Houston, Texas and Mark R. Reynolds of New Orleans, Louisiana and by his brother, Donald K. Reynolds of Boerne, Texas. The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to all those who so generously provided for Russell's care and well being during his illness. A memorial service will be Saturday, March 8, 2014 at two o'clock in the afternoon in the chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1101 Antoine Drive, (713) 682-3663.