W. Eugene George, FAIA (1922-2013)

W. Eugene George, FAIA, one of the leading architects in the historic preservation movement, passed away on January 16. The recipient of the Society's 2001 Edward J. Romieniec Award and 2012 Presidential Citation, George will long be remembered for his invaluable contributions to the conservation of the architectural heritage of the State of Texas, and for his profound influence on students and professional leaders alike.

W. Eugene George, FAIA, receives a Presidential Citation at the 2012 Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention.
W. Eugene George, FAIA, and the Society's 2012 President, Craig S. Reynolds, FAIA

The historic preservation community is saddened to announce the passing of our dear, dear friend and teacher Gene George. W. Eugene George, FAIA, died peacefully at his home in Austin, with his wife Mary Carolyn by his side, on January 16 after a short illness. 

He was the teacher of scores of architecture students at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture and the Architectural Engineering Department over the many years he served on the faculty there. In 1997 he was the first recipient of the professorship established by the San Antonio Conservation Society at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he inaugurated its first graduate program in Historic Preservation. 

Gene remained a good friend and mentor to so many of us, actively interested in our lives and our accomplishments. A good group of us proudly gathered to watch him receive a Presidential Citation from the Texas Society of Architects at is Annual Convention this past October in Austin. A memorial celebration of Gene’s life has been scheduled for February 16 at 4:00 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church, 209 W. 27th Street in Austin. 

We will miss him, his friendship and support, but we carry the wisdom, the generosity and the high professional standards he passed on to us by his example, forever in our hearts and minds.

January 24, 2013

by: Annie Sauser, John Milner Associates

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About 9 months ago: David A. Shelden

I had the privilege of knowing Eugene George and his Wife Mary, while working on Historic Preservation Projects in San Antonio, TX. Mr. George brought his graduate students to projects in progress, with questions and answers for the benefit of his students. He was the consummate gentleman, with a sharp mind and keen interest in the education of his students. Mr. George and Mary visited my business to collect boxes of photographs for review and inclusion in a book project of Mrs. Mary Carolyn Hollers George. This collaboration was indeed a privilege for me, to work with such highly accomplished professionals in the art of restoring historic structures.