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In Remembrance: Overton Shelmire, FAIA

Overton Shelmire, FAIA

We are saddened by the loss of Overton Shelmire, FAIA. With a notable career spanning half a century, he leaves behind a prestigious legacy as president of AIA Dallas in 1984, chairman of the University of Texas School of Architecture Foundation Advisory Council, board member of the Dallas County Heritage Society, and architect to the Landmark Advisory Committee of the Park Cities Historical Society.

Shelmire’s long career in architecture began at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree and was the president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduating, he worked as an intern with Page Southerland and Page Architects of Austin. He founded Beran and Shelmire Architects with Ed Beran, FAIA, in 1958 after serving in the United States Army for two years. The prodigious work that Shelmire and Beran did in Dallas over the course of fifty years include the Anatole Hotel, World Trade Center, San Jacinto Tower, Dallas Woman’s Club, Junior League of Dallas, Episcopal School initial campus, Hockaday School expansion, renovation of the historic Adolphus Hotel, and restoration of the historic “Little Campus” at the University of Texas at Austin.

He was greatly beloved, and he will be deeply missed. There will be no funeral service at the request of the deceased. All memorials may be sent to: The Overton Shelmire Scholarship Fund of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin: 310 Inner Campus Drive B7500, Austin, Texas, 78712-1009.