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Fred Winfield Day, Jr.

Obituary for Fred Winfield Day, Jr.

July 9, 1926 - October 22, 2014
Austin, Texas | Age 88

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Fred Winfield Day, Jr.
July 9, 1926 - October 22, 2014

Fred Winfield Day, Jr. age 88, of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by his four children on October 22, 2014.

Fred was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up in Temple, Texas. He received his degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950, and remained in Austin for the rest of his life. He married Libba McCelvey, from Temple, in 1952. Happy to have shared his life are his children Helen Day Ewing and husband Randolph, Elizabeth Ann Day, Barbara Day Maldonado, and Lawrence Winfield Day; his grandchildren Elaine Ewing Ver Halen and her husband Jon, Daniel Christopher Ewing, and his fiancé Elizabethann DeLeon-Maestas, Jared McCelvey Ewing, and Lora Elizabeth Maldonado; and his great-grandchild Charlotte Helen Ver Halen. He was preceded in death by Libba, his beloved wife of 63 years, his sister Shirley Day Getty, and his parents. Heaven got a little better this week, and after a brief interruption, Libba and Fred are back together again.

Loyal, helpful, reserved, generous and usually diplomatic, he was a mentor to many, educating and enlightening with thoughtfulness and sincerity. He was gifted with a unique and spirited creativity, and many will remember his dry sense of humor. He enjoyed Longhorn football, terrible puns, and hunting of all kinds and seasons -- especially the camaraderie that went with it. He greatly valued his friends. If he knew you, he remembered everything you ever told him about your life, your career and accomplishments, your family. Fred provided a wonderful home for his children to grow up in, complete with a huge yard, the best 20-foot rope swing, and all the yard work to go with it every Saturday.

Fred was a member of the Headliners Club, The English Speaking Union, and Tarry House, where he and Libba loved to play tennis and entertain friends and family. He taught design and drawing at the School of Architecture at UT Austin in his early years and maintained a close relationship with the department throughout his life. He served as president Sigma Alpha Epsilon in college, president of the Austin Chapter AIA, and was a member of the TSA. He was a principal at Day and Newman Architects, and principal and president at Jessen, Inc. from 1968-1993.

Fred received many accolades, awards, and enjoyed a rich and rewarding professional life in doing his part to contribute to the urban landscape of Austin as well as other cities in Texas.

Some, but not all of his honors include numerous design awards from the Austin Chapter AIA, the Texas Society of Architects, and an honorary Life Membership in the Architecture Foundation Advisory Council for School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.

As a concerned citizen, he was active in community affairs. While serving as president of the Austin/Travis County Mental Health Association, he created special emphasis on children's services and the architectural quality of the facilities that house them. He worked voluntarily with Laguna Gloria Art Museum to develop and implement a master plan for future development and supervised the preparation of measured drawings of the historic structure. His leadership, abilities, and influence in the community represent notable, significant and lasting contributions.

Some of his buildings that contribute to the built environment include the Teacher Retirement System, Faulk Central Library, Hooper-Schaeffer Fine Arts Center at Baylor University, Austin Doctors Building, renovations to the University of Texas Law School, additions and renovations to the Student Union at UT Austin, the Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory, the Recreation and Convocation Center at St. Edwards University, the North Regional Office Building for Farmer's Insurance Group, the Alumni Center at UT Austin. An innovative designer, he often sought to include the work of skilled artisans to enrich and distinguish his projects. He also designed several custom residences in and around Austin whose owners still enjoy the beauty, comfort, craftsmanship and pride that those homes provide. He was grateful to all those who gave him an opportunity to exercise his talents.

The family wishes to thank Deborah Garcia and all of the wonderful caregivers at Texas Homecare Partners who took such loving, friendly, and compassionate care of Fred over the past year.

A celebration of his life will be held in the chapel at Weed-Corley-Fish, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas, on Sunday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. Cecilia Smith will be officiating. A private burial will be at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fred Winfield Day, Jr Endowed Scholarship in Architecture at the University of Texas at www.giving.utexas.edu or to a charity of your choice.

The Fred Winfield Day, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Architecture was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on December 22, 1995, for the benefit of the School of Architecture.

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  • In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fred Winfield Day, Jr Endowed Scholarship in Architecture at the University of Texas at www.giving.utexas.edu or to a charity of your choice.
  • The Fred Winfield Day, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Architecture was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on December 22, 1995, for the benefit of the School of Architecture.
  • www.giving.utexas.edu http://endowments.giving.utexas.edu/page/day-fred-schl-arch/2689/ http://giving.utexas.edu/learn-more/contact-us/

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