Male, US, born 1908-05-26, died 1949-07-10

Associated with the firm network

Graham and Painter, Limited, Architects and Engineers

Professional History


Civil Engineer, Texas Company (China), Ltd., Shanghai, China, 08/1929-1933.

Principal, W. L. Painter Company, Engineers and Contractors, Shanghai, China, 1933-1935.

Partner, [John] Graham and Painter, Architects and Engineers, Seattle, WA, and Shanghai, China, 1935-10/1937. Due to the Japanese invasion of Shanghai in 08/1937, Wilfred L. Painter was forced to close the Graham and Painter Office located at 668 Szechuan Road in Shanghai, China.



B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA, 1926.



Painter died on 07/10/1949 aboard a yacht, the 37-foot Halcyon, that exploded twenty minutes after being refueled at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Ridge, MD. It was to take military officers on a luncheon party that afternoon. The blast, caused by a fuel leak that was ignited by an electrical spark, completely destroyed the Halcyon and killed two early-arriving passengers, Painter and Army Major General Vernon E. Prichard.


His father was Lewis F. W. Painter, a farmer, his mother, Clemma B. Choate (born 01/1888 in MO).

Clemma was one of ten children of Bailey A. Choate (born 08/22/1857 in Bates County, MO-d. 12/26.1947 in Saint Charles, MO) and Margaret Ellen Humphrey (born 02/12/1863 in Lincoln County, MO-d. 11/15/1936 in Saint Charles, MO). The family lived on a farm in Millwood, MO, in 1900. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Millwood, Lincoln, Missouri; Page: 9; Enumeration District: 0051; FHL microfilm: 1240871, accessed 03/15/2021.)


He wed in 1946 to Gallia Feiderinchika (05/23/1921-d. 08/25/1982).

After Painter's early death in 1949, she married US Air Force Colonel, Albert L. Cox, Jr., (1914-2003), who served in the military between 06/30/1942 to 06/30/1961.

PCAD id: 2165