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Walter Lyle Gordon ’30 *32

Published in June 4, 1997, issue

Walter died in Oregon on Apr. 4, 1997. He was 89. Born in Buffalo, he prepared at Masten Park H.S.

At Princeton he majored in architecture, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his MFA in 1932. Fellowships followed at the Sorbonne and Yale. From 1932-40 he worked as a curator in museums in Buffalo, San Francisco, and Portland, Oreg.

He married Margaret E. Murray, a talented potter, in 1936. In 1940 he joined Pietro Bellaschi and others to develop the Northwest Regional Style. He designed 60 notable residences and other outstanding edifices. From 195862 he was dean of the School of Architecture at the U. of Oregon.

In 1979 he built his home at Agate Beach near Newport, Oreg. Relentless in the pursuit of excellence in design and planning in Portland and along the coast, he received awards too numerous to mention.

He is survived by his wife, to whom we extend our deep sympathy.

The Class of 1930

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