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Halford, Robert L.

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May 13, 1930 - June 22, 2015

Halford, Robert L.

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Born to Robert B. and Algie Shedd Halford in El Dorado, Arkansas.  He attended University of Mississippi (Midshipman) and in addition to his Navy Service, he served in the USAF Master Planning Section of the Air Proving Ground at Eglin AFB.  He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture in 1960.

He practiced architecture in Dallas for many years both as President of HSJ Architects and as principal of The Oglesby Group.  Two of his favorites, among many award winning projects, were the adaptive reuse of the Sanger Bros. bldg. downtown into the original El Centro campus and the original campus of Richland College.  He further left a mark on the Dallas architectural community through mentoring young design professionals throughout his career and by serving on various local and national professional committees.  He treasured his friendship with Paul Tsotsos, Chicago, and Newton Fallis, Fort Worth, among many others.

He was much loved and will be greatly missed by his family: daughter, Lauren Nitschke and husband Gary, Waurika, Ok; grandchildren, Bradley Nitschke, Dallas; Amanda Northcutt and husband Travis and great grandson, Kyle Northcutt, Bryan; and his loving devoted wife of 40 years, Helen.

Family thanks all his caregivers, especially Chris Burcalow and the Physical Therapy Dept. at CC Young.

Should anyone wish to remember him with a contribution, family would be grateful for your consideration of Homes for Our Troops ( or Returning Heroes Home, POB 202194, Dallas, TX 75230, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238

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Karl B. Stauss

August 11, 2015 2:49PM

Bob is gone. It's always a shock when someone who has been important to you passes away, and even more shocking to think about that person and realize how much you thought of them. And settles in that he's gone, and a huge silence fills that space and no words will come that are adequate for the feelings. Just a silent void. I miss Bob the person. I miss Bob - the professional that he was. But the memories will stay, his smile, his laughter, his way of enjoying the people he was with, his enthusiasm for a new project. We'll keep him in our hearts.

Paul Tsotsos

June 28, 2015 7:17PM

I will miss Bob’s wisdom and wit. I often quote one of Bob’s sayings “In Texas you get one free Kill—you can always say the first one was a hunting accident”. He was one of the most ethical architects that I have ever worked with. I learned a lot about the architectural practice, how to detail and how to complete architectural projects. That training has stood me well from passing the architectural exam and throughout my career. It has led me to work on many interesting and varied projects. The knowledge gained from Bob guides me to this day.

I always enjoyed coming to work at his office with the interesting projects and beautifully detailed cabinets that filled the office. His willingness to bring new technology into the practice was invigorating. He and Helen made the office feel like home. I did not fully appreciate at the time what a special place his office was until after I left and worked in many less hospitable firms.

Through the years when I came back to Texas I would always make a point to visit him bringing my family to meet this Texas Icon. I also enjoyed meeting for dinner with Bob and Helen over the years and learning about his daughter and her family. I am a better person and architect for having known Bob.

Rest in peace and only sweet Dreams.


June 28, 2015 9:11AM

Please accept my condolences. May the God of peace comfort you during this difficult time. Isaiah 25:8, Rev 21:3,4

Roy and Janese Poe

June 27, 2015 5:05PM

We are very sad for your loss. Although we have never met face to face, we feel a special connection with you both. With our deepest sympathy your family is in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Mr. H.

Newton Fallis

June 27, 2015 4:28PM

As a friend and best mentor, Bob provided a great influence on my own professional growth. He was the exemplary architectural professional - having all the correct mix of architectural design capacity, deft social skills and business acumen, a solid and deep understanding of the ethical, professional and legal dimensions of practice, and was a constant source of inspiration for those around him. I will always miss, but am so glad to have known him.

Jim and Jan Doyle

June 27, 2015 8:55AM

Words escape me to express our sympathy for your loss. Robert will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. I have many wonderful memories of times shared through the years. Our family is blessed to have him as an angel watching over us from above!