Male, born 1920-01-11, died 2010-05-06

Associated with the firms network

DLR Group / John Graham Associates; Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers

Professional History


Engineer, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1952- 1986. Kirkwood directed John Graham and Company's engineering design of the Seattle Space Needle. The Seattle Times reported in 1961: "Roderick R. Kirkwood, a partner in the firm of John Graham & Co., architects, will tell the Ballard Lions Club tomorrow noon about designing the Space Needle." (See "Architect to Speak," Seattle Times, 09/28/1961, p. 43.)

Director of Engineering, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, c. 1963. Noting his plaque for "Outstanding Service to the Puget Sound Engineering Council," the Seattle Times in 1963 said of the engineer: "Kirkwood has been responsible for the engineering on Graham projects throughout the United States, the Far East, England and Australia." (See "Needle Honor: Future Beckons Beyond Plaque," Seattle Times, 02/18/1963, p. 4.)

Executive Vice President of Seattle Operations, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1969- . In 1969, the Seattle Times reported: "Roderick R. Kirkwood was appointed executive vice president in charge of Seattle operations, including architecture, engineering, project management and construction supervision. Kirkwood has been associated with the firm since 1952. His new assignment will include direction of all operations of the Seattle office except for planning, interior design and accounting." (See "Eight Appointments Announced," Seattle Times, 05/25/1969, p. A7.)

President, DLR Group/John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1986- . Kirkwood was the first President of the combined DLR Group/John Graham and Company in 05/1986.

Professional Awards

Outstanding Service Award. Puget Sound Engineering Council, Seattle, 1963.



Coursework, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Graduate, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, c. 1941.



Kirkwood came to Seattle in 1937.

In late 07/1944, the Seattle Times reported that Roderick R. Kirkwood of 5416 Wallingford Avenue was one of "seven Seattle men [who] have left for Signal Corps Officer's Candidate's School at Fort Monmouth, N.J., after completion here of a two-week preparatory course." (See "Salute to the Service Men," Seattle Times, 07/27/1944, p. 6.)

Kirkwood lived with his wife and two children at 6855 38th Avenue NE in 1963.


He married Virginia L. Gauntlett (d. 10/03/1987) on 05/02/1942 in Seattle, WA.

He wed Sharon Patricia O'Connor Fullerton (1943-2006) on 04/06/1989 in Seattle.

Biographical Notes

SSN: 516-14-0389.

PCAD id: 4095