Reagan George ’58, an accomplished designer and an early environmentalist with a long list of prestigious projects, awards and honors, passed away after a long illness Oct. 21, 2021.
“He epitomizes community service, support of his educators, service to his profession, and mentorship to students and graduates,” said Velpeau Hawes ’58 in a 2010 letter nominating George as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Texas A&M College of Architecture.
George was a member of the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, one of the AIA’s highest honors. He also earned the Texas Society of Architects’ 2013 Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewelllyn W. Pitts, FAIA, and was an Outstanding Alumnus of the Texas A&M College of Architecture. He was born in 1935.
As the managing principal of Leo A. Daly Architects and Engineers, an international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm, George headed numerous, award-winning projects throughout his career.
They included an addition to the Dallas Theater Center, the Texas Hill Country’s Horseshoe Bay Resort, the Great Hall of the Apparel Mart, and two unique Dallas retail centers, the Quadrangle and the Olla Podrida.
He also served as project manager for the Washington D.C. Hilton, and headed the creation of Texas Christian University's first comprehensive master plan, and played a major role in the 22-mile Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s North Central Line extension.
“In the mid-1960s, long before today’s emphasis on environmental sustainability, George initiated the AIA/Dallas Environmental Awareness Committee to foster environmental education among teachers and students in the Dallas area,” said Hawes in his 2010 letter. “The highly successful course received a special AIA commendation and began his journey of commitment to the quality of our environment, both built and natural.”
George also mentored many emerging architects.
“I learned from his example how to grow as an architect and team player,” said Marcel Quimby, principal of Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture, in a 2010 Outstanding Alumnus nomination letter. “He offered mentorship in the less tangible aspects of the profession — the importance of achieving the highest standards within the architectural profession, of ‘giving back’ and leadership within our professional organization, and of contributing our talents to the community,” he said.