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“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...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Veronica Flores Rossini - Laredo, TX

“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...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Wayne Shull - Houston, TX

“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...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: J. Gilberto and JoEmma Quezada - TX

“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...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Mark Wolf - San Antonio, TX

“My sincerest condolences. What a fascinating life he led! ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Julie Henderson - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: John Paul Moore - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Sally and John Robey - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kent Brittain - San Antonio, TX

“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...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Luther & Tomilee Edmonson

“Thank you, Walter, for your service to our country. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret) - TX

“Thank you, Walter, for your service to our country. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret) - TX


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.