Walter Eugene George, Jr.
- October 28, 1922 - January 16, 2013
- Austin, Texas
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Memories & Candles
Gene George was a great professor of architecture and historic preservation; and I was very lucky to be a student of his at UTSA when he was teaching in San Antonio.
He was also a great photographer and historian, documenting so much of south Texas architecture as can be seen in his published books on Oneill Ford, Alfred Giles, and Lost Architecture of the Rio Grande Borderlands.
He will be greatly missed and remembered.
Posted by: Veronica Flores Rossini - Laredo, TX - student Jul 13, 2013
Professor George was my first design teacher at UT Austin in the School of Architecture in 1960. He was an inspiring instructor and challenged me to learn the process of creative thinking and design.
I have often thought of him over the years and am grateful for the kindness he showed me as a young student.
Posted by: Wayne Shull - Houston, TX - Former Student at UT Austin Apr 10, 2013
Dear Mary and family members,
Please accept our deepest and most sincere condolences. We are truly sorry to hear of his passing away. Do find solace in knowing that W. Eugene George will be remembered in our daily prayers. We also pray that our loving God will grant you the strength and courage to accept His divine will. We will always remember him with fondness for his generosity and kindness in helping us with our research project on the architecture of
Posted by: J. Gilberto and JoEmma Quezada - san antonio, TX - friend Feb 21, 2013
My thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your families. Gene was a mentor and advisor to me. Mary Carolyn, please know that I treasure the many hours you and Gene shared with me discussing things Spanish Colonial Texas, Mission San Saba, and of course, Alfred Giles! Gene's guidance in my studies of the humble jacal construction have proven insightful for me. He was a great man I am proud to have known as a friend.
Posted by: Mark Wolf - San Antonio, TX - Friend Feb 17, 2013
My sincerest condolences. What a fascinating life he led!
Posted by: Julie Henderson - Austin, TX - Neighbor Jan 28, 2013
There was never a more rewarding classroom than Gene George's front porch. Gene and Mary Carolyn exposed big gaps in my education about so many things and in so doing filled them not only with knowledge, but with grace. I have never met a more thoroughly learned man, nor a kinder, more generous sprit. He will be missed, but he left a rich legacy for us to treasure. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Carolyn, both a devoted spouse and a formidable colleague.
Posted by: John Paul Moore - Austin, TX - Friend, neighbor Jan 25, 2013
My sympathies to Mary Carolyn and Gene's family . He provided so much support and expertise to the Hyde Park Historic neighborhood for at least 30 years. When we needed to paint our house on Avenue F, we wanted to use appropriate historic colors. So he and Mary Carolyn drove me around Austin to look at other bungalows of the same time period to help me choose, but he never told me which colors were right. He led me to my own wise choice. Sign of a great teacher! The neighborhood and Austin are richer for his wisdom.
Posted by: Sally and John Robey - Austin, TX - friend and neighbor Jan 25, 2013
Mr. George and Family,
I wanted to send my condolences on this loss to your family, to the architecture field, and to our nation. A hero from his military service and to the historic preservation profession. He is an inspiration to us all and will be missed. His contribution to the Endowed Historic Preservation Scholarship fund at UTSA made possible my abilitiy to complete my schooling and step forward in the preservation field. Thank you for all that you did in your life and contributions to others that continues to echo encouragement and inspiration. God bless.
Posted by: Kent Brittain - San Antonio, TX - UTSA Scholarship Recipient Jan 25, 2013
What a exciting and purposful life he had. And how fortunate for Luther and I that Mary Carolyn brought him into our path through their lovely welsh terriers. It would seem he died as he lived--on his own terms and after he completed all he needed to do.
Posted by: Luther & Tomilee Edmonson Jan 22, 2013
Thank you, Walter, for your service to our country.
Posted by: Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret) - Austin, TX - Friend Jan 20, 2013