Male, US, born 1917-07-19, died 1986-03-12

Associated with the firms network

Adkison Architects; Adkison, Leigh, Sims and Cuppage, Architects; Groves, George W., Architect; Holmes, McClure and Adkison, Architects; Holmes, McClure, Adkison and MacDonald; McClure and Adkison, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, George W. Groves, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1941-1942.

Designer, Draftsman, J. Lister Holmes and Associates, 1945-1947.

Partner, McClure and Adkison, Architects, AIA, Spokane, WA, 1947-1966.

Principal, Thomas R. Adkison, Architect, Spokane, WA, 1966-c. 1970.

Partner, Adkison Architects, c. 1970-c. 1975.

Partner, Adkison, Leigh, Sims and Cuppage, Architects, Spokane, WA, c. 1977.

Professional Activities

When surveyed in 1955, Adkison indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the States of Idaho and Washington.

Member, Washington State Planners Association, c. 1949.

Chairman, Spokane Chamber of Commerce, Construction Industry Committee, 1954-1955.

President, American Institute of Architects, Spokane Chapter, 1953-1954.

Chairman, American Institute of Architects, Spokane Chapter, 1954-1955.



B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, 1936-1941.



Born in Whitebird, Idaho, The family lived at 618 East 31st Avenue, Spokane, WA, in 1930; J. Loyal and Addie Adkinson and their family rented their house which cost $30 per month. Adkison, attended the University of Washington, Seattle, 1936-1941, and lived for most of his life in Spokane, WA, dying here at the age of 68. His last residence was in the 99203 zip code of Spokane.


His parents were J. Loyal (born c. 1882 in ID) and Addie R. Adkison (born c. 1883 in OR); in 1930, he worked as a motel manager; the two had four children living with them as well as a boarder. Children included: Geraldine M. (born c. 1909 in ID), Mary (born c. 1911 in ID), James L. (born c. 1915 in ID) and Thomas Reed, Jr..


Adkison married in 1937.

Adkison married a second time to the painter Kathleen A. Gemberling (1917-2010) on 05/31/1968 in Spokane, WA. She studied with the renowned painter, Mark Tobey (1890-1976), who lived in Seattle between 1922-early 1930s and taught periodically at the Cornish College of the Arts. Gemberling's paintings were included in the "Northwest Art Today" exhibition mounted at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.


When surveyed in 1955, Adkison indicated that he had had five children.

Biographical Notes

President, Hamblin School, PTA, Spokane, WA, 1954-1955.

Member, Kiwanis Club of Spokane, WA, c. 1955.

SSN: 539-07-1674.

Associated Locations

  • Whitebird, ID (Architect's Birth)
    Whitebird, ID

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  • Spokane, WA (Architect's Death)
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PCAD id: 2623