view all images ( of 2 shown)

Male, born 1917-08-26, died 1988-09-15

Associated with the firm network

Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers


Professional History

Résumé

Managing Director, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1964-1969. He reported to John Graham, Jr., head of the firm.

Executive Architect, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, c. 1967.

President of the Western Division, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1969- . As President of the Western Division, "His primary responsibility will be for planning, programming and business development, directed toward expanding the company's activities here and in other parts of the United States and Canada." (See "Eight Appointments Announced," Seattle Times, 05/25/1969, p. A7.)

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington State Chapter, 1947-1961.

Member, AIA, Seattle Chapter, 1961- .

Education

College

B.S., Architecture, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL. He was involved with art groups and dramatic productions at Illinois.

College Awards

Elected to Scarab, the honorary architectural society, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, c. 1940.

Elected to Phi Eta Sigma, national freshman honorary society, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, c. 1940.

Personal

Relocation

Born in the east-central IL town of Mattoon, David M. Checkley, Sr., was born three months to the day after a devastating, F4 tornado tore through the town, killing 101 people and injuring about 638. This tornado ranked as the third deadliest in IL history in 2018. David and his family continued to live in a rebuilding Mattoon according to the US Census of 1920. His family lived at 408 South 15th Street in rented accommodations. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Mattoon Ward 3, Coles, Illinois; Roll: T625_304; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 72, accessed 08/09/2018.)

Ten years later, the Checkleys lived at 2921 Western Avenue in Mattoon, in a house that they owned. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Mattoon, Coles, Illinois; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 0021; FHL microfilm: 2340147, accessed 08/09/2018.) The family continued to live at 2921 Western in 1940, that was worth an estimated $7,000 according to the US Census of that year. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Mattoon, Coles, Illinois; Roll: m-t0627-00771; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 15-26, accessed 08/09/2018.)

Parents

His father was Horace Russell Checkley (born 1891-d. 06/29/1968), his mother, Mildred Lemert, (born 1893 in CO-d. 03/11/1970 in Mattoon, IL). They married about 1914. Horace was an insurance agent. Mildred managed the household, that included, in 1930, two children, David and his younger sister, Elizabeth (born c. 1923 in IL).

By 1940, Horace ran a real estate company, and the family was prosperous enough to hire a housekeeper, Cora Lahrman (born c 1922 in IL).

Children

He had a son, David M. Checkley, Jr.

Biographical Notes

SSN: 342-12-5139



Associated Locations

PCAD id: 7380