Richard W. Coyle (ca. 1921-2006), Architect
Richard Coyle was born ca. 1921, in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Tech High School in Omaha in 1938, at the age of 17. Coyle attended Creighton University for one year then joined the Army Air Corps. He flew fifteen successful missions. On March 6, 1944, his plane was shot down over Germany, and Coyle was captured. He was held as a prisoner of war for fourteen months. When he returned to the United States, Coyle graduated from the University of Colorado, and went on to establish his own practice, called Richard W. Coyle Architects, in 1965 in Omaha. He served as President of the Omaha Section of AIA in 1975. Coyle retired from architecture in 1986 and died in Omaha on October 13, 2006.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Omaha, Nebraska, 1960-1976
Educational & Professional Associations
1938: graduated, Tech High School, Omaha, Nebraska.
1938-1939: student, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
1939-1945: Army Air Corps.
1944-1945: Prisoner of War, Germany.
____: graduated, University of Colorado.
1959: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-490; December 12, 1959.
1963: employee, Boyer, Omaha, Nebraska.
1964-1967: architect, Boyer & Biskup Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.
1968-1981: Richard W. Coyle Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[b]
1975: President, AIA, Omaha, Nebraska.
1982-1986: architect, Donald Perry Polsky, Architect, AIA Associates.
1986-2006: retired, Omaha, Nebraska.
Buildings & Projects
a. First Omaha directory listing, 1955.
b. Reference  gives 1965 as the year he established his own practice in Omaha.
1. “Dick Coyle, 85, founded Omaha architecture firm,” AIA NE Update XLIV (October 27, 2006), accessed September 26, 2008, <http://www.aiane.org/newsletter/20061027.htm#content345>
2. “Professional license results for Richard W. Coyle,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed October 15, 2013, http://www.ea.ne.gov/search/search.php?page=details&lic=A490
D. Murphy, “Richard W. Coyle (ca. 1921-2006), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, October 1, 2008. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, April 6, 2020.
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