Edgar Leroy Coleman (1918-1994), Architect
Edgar Leroy Coleman was born on May 12, 1918 in Tekamah, Nebraska. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska in 1941, and a year later was married. 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. 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.
Coleman worked as an architect in Grand Island, Nebraska after the war. He spent his later years in the South, living in various places around New Mexico before moving to Mississippi and, finally, to Florida. 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.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Grand Island, Nebraska, 1953-1958
Educational & Professional Associations
1941: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1942-1947: Infantry captain, US Army.
1953-1954: architect and partner, Coleman & Fickes, Architects & Engineers.
1954-1959: architect and proprietor, E. Coleman & Associates, Architects, Grand Island, Nebraska.
1959-1960: No Grand Island Directory.
1962-1969: title not known, Kruger, Lake & Henderson, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1969-__: head, architectural department, Ware, Lewis & Eaton, Jackson, Mississippi.
Buildings & Projects
Honors & Awards
Purple Heart, World War II, European theater.
2 Silver Stars, World War II, European theater.
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.
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, April 1, 2020.
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