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Male, US, born 1927-04-09, died 2012-05-09

Associated with the firms network

Gangnes, Arnold G., and Associates; Parr and Soldano, Architects; Poe, Albert Donald, Architect; Waldron and Dietz, Architects; Waldron / Pomeroy, Architects; Waldron, Pomeroy, Polk and Smith, Architects; Waldron, Pomeroy, Smith, Foote and Akira, Architects; Young, Richardson, Carleton and Detlie, Architects and Engineers


Professional History

Résumé

Sergeant, US Army Air Forces (USAAF), 1945-1947. Pomeroy enlisted in the USAAF as a Private on 02/17/1946 and was stationed at Chanute Field in IL. According to architectural historian Michael Houser, Pomeroy was also "...stationed in Guam as a weather observer for part of his tour duty." (See DOCOMOMO WEWA, "Pomeroy, Gerald C. (1927 - 2012)," Accessed 02/27/2017.)

While a student at the University of Washington c. 1952-1954, Pomeroy worked for three architectural firms: Albert Poe, Farr and Saldano and Arnold Gangnes.

Draftsman, Young, Richardson, Carleton and Detlie, Architects and Engineers, Seattle, WA, 1954-1956.

Designer, Waldron and Dietz, Seattle, WA, 1956-1959.

Associate, Waldron and Dietz, Seattle, WA, 1959-1963.

Junior Partner, Waldron, Dietz and Pomeroy, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1963-1967.

Partner, Waldron and Pomeroy, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1968- 12/1976.

Partner, Waldron, Pomeroy, Polk and Smith, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1976-05/1982.

Partner, Waldron, Pomeroy, Smith, Foote and Akira, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1982-1992. Pomeroy retired from architecture in 1992.

Teaching

Pomeroy was an occasional lecturer at the University of Washington, Seattle, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Seattle, WA, beginning in 1964.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, Seattle, WA. Treasurer, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Seattle, WA, 1965-1966. President, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Seattle, WA, 1973-1974.

Executive Board, Washington State Council of Architects, Olympia, WA.

President, Mercer Island Visual Art League, 1967-1968.

Member, Council of Educational Facility Planners, Puget Sound Chapter. Member, Urban Resources Inventory Review Committee. Member, Design Commission of Mercer Island, Mercer Island, WA. Member, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA. Member, Mercer Island School District Facilities Committee, Mercer Island, WA.

Education

High School/College

Graduate, North Central High School, Spokane, WA, 1945.

Coursework, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA, c. 1949; B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1954.

Pomeroy was quoted in the obituary of Robert Dietz, who served on the faculty of the UW Department of Architecture in the early 1950s: "A former student, Gerald Pomeroy of Mercer Island, said Mr. Dietz was an encouraging teacher. 'He always gave you challenges to do a better job,' said Pomeroy, now a retired architect." (See Sherry Grindeland, Seattle Times.com, "Bob Dietz, retired dean at UW," published 05/18/2006, accessed 03/07/2017.)

College Awards

Pomeroy was one of three recipients of the the UW Department of Architeture's Faculty Awards in 1954, along with Barry Downs and Barden Erickson.

Three design projects by Pomeroy were illustrated in the UW Department of Architecture Yearbooks in 1952 ("A Sight-Seeing Shelter"), 1953 ("A Hostelry for an Outing Club in Stevens Pass") and 1954 ("A Highway Hotel Located in Central California").

Personal

Relocation

Born in Jamestown, ND, Gerald C. Pomeroy lived in Cleveland, ND, Montana, and Spokane, WA, as a youth. He enlisted in the US Army Air Forces in 1946, and was stationed in IL, initially. After military service, he returned to Spokane, where he enrolled at Whitworth College. In 1949, he lived at his parents' home at North 4127 Atlantic Street. Pomeroy became interested in architecture and decided to transfer to the University of Washington, which had one the state's only architectural programs.

He attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1954. While a student in 1953, he and his wife, Margaret, resided at 4335 Union Bay Lane. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1953, p. 1110.)

After graduation, In 1954-1955, they resided at 2600 Thorndyke Avenue, Apartment #210, in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1955, p. 1140.) By 1956, he and his wife resided in a duplex residence at 4220 4th Avenue NE in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

Pomeroy began to design his residence at 8098 West Mercer Way on Mercer Island in 1958, with construction being completed three years later. He lived here for the remainder of his life, passing away at age 85.

Parents

In 1930, Gerald's father, Charles Ward Pomeroy (1893-1954), known as "Ward." managed an automotive garage in Cleveland, ND. He lived here with his wife, Stella Delayne Dahlstrom Pomeroy (1897-1992), and their children, Ward Dahlstrom, (1919-2006), Sarah Delayne Pomeroy Goss (1923-2014), and Gerald. The family owned its own residence in 1930 that had an approximate value of $3500. In 1935, the family had moved to MT, and, by 1940, resided in Spokane, WA. Another daughter, Dianna Fay Pomeroy Harter (born 09/10/1934), had been born in MT c. 1936. Ward worked as a car salesman in Spokane in 1940, and the family lived at West 1109 York Street. In 1949, Ward was a salesman at a Chevrolet dealership in the same city. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1949, p. 864.)

Spouse

He married Margaret A. Ridsdale (b. 02/25/1930 in San Francisco, CA) on 09/13/1952 in San Mateo, CA. He met Margaret at Whitworth College. Her parents were James H. and Janet Ritchie Ridsdale. She was born in San Francisco, but her parents lived in Mill Valley, CA, in 1930. Ten years later, they resided in San Francisco. She lived with her parents in Palo Alto, CA, in 1950, at 1540 College Avenue; at this time, both of her parents worked, her father as the Office Manager of West Coast Nursery and her mother as a clerk at Phelps-Terkel, Incorporated, a clothing store. (See Palo Alto, California, City Directory, 1950, p. 336.)

Children

Gerald and Phyllis had three children, Charles, Linda and James.

Biographical Notes

Pomeroy had many interests, including choral singing, glider planes, and drawing. His interest in gliders may have either influenced him to join the USAAF or his time in the service may have stoked this fascination.


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