Edgar Leroy Coleman (1918-1994), Architect

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Grand Island, Nebraska, 1946-1961

Edgar Leroy Coleman was born on May 12, 1918 in Tekamah, Nebraska.[4] He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska in 1941, and a year later was married.[3] Coleman served in the U.S. Army as Captain of Infantry from 1942-1947, for which service he was awarded a Purple Heart and two Silver Stars.[1][4] He was involved in other activities as well, including A.F. & A.M., Kiwanis, C of C, Jacksonville Power Squadron, the American Legion Post in Orlando, and the Boy Scouts of America.[1][4]

Coleman worked as an architect in Grand Island, Nebraska after the war.[1][2] He spent his later years in the South, living in various places around New Mexico before moving to Mississippi and, finally, to Florida.[2][3][4] He died December 9, 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was survived by his wife, Janet, two sons, Steven and Dave, daughter Lynn Claypool, four grandchildren, a brother, and a sister.[4]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Grand Island, Nebraska, 1953-1958

Educational & Professional Associations

1941: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

1942-1947: Infantry captain, US Army.[1]

1946-1951: specification writer & construction superintendent, Frank N. McNett & Company, Architects, Grand Island, Nebraska.[1]

1951-1952: designer-draftsman, Frank N. McNett & Company, Grand Island, Nebraska.[1][2][a]

1953-1954: architect and partner, Coleman & Fickes, Architects & Engineers.[1][2][3]

1954-1959: architect and proprietor, E. Coleman & Associates, Architects, Grand Island, Nebraska.[1][3]

1959-1960: No Grand Island Directory.

1962-1969: title not known, Kruger, Lake & Henderson, Albuquerque, New Mexico.[2]

1969-__: head, architectural department, Ware, Lewis & Eaton, Jackson, Mississippi.[3]

Buildings & Projects

Honors & Awards

Purple Heart, World War II, European theater.[4]

2 Silver Stars, World War II, European theater.[4]



1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 103, accessed March 3, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1956%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 126, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1962%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 169, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

4. “Edgar Coleman,” Grand Island Independent (December 13, 1994), 11A:2.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Edgar Leroy Coleman (1918-1994), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, November 18, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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