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Male, born 1889-06-15, died 1964-10-21

Associated with the firm network

McKee, Robert E., Inc., Building Contractors

Professional History


Principal, Robert E. McKee, Genral Contractor, Inc., Building Contractor, El Paso, TX, 1913- . In 1966, the firm had an office in South San Francisco, CA, probably to supervise work at nearby San Francisco International Airport (SFO). McKee's firm did a great deal of government work during the Depression and continued to build large-scale facilities for the military during World War II. According to McKee's biography on the web site of the Texas State Historical Association: "By 1935 he had built the naval docks and the Marine Hospital at the naval base in San Diego. In Hawaii he built various military facilities, including the power plant at Pearl Harbor and the Air Corps Double Hangars and a 3,200-man barracks at Hickam Field. During World War II McKee built the largest military center in Texas, Camp Bowie, near Brownwood, in a record time of ten months. He constructed large military installations in the Panama Canal Zone and in the Territory of Hawaii. During one year he had 42,000 workers on his payroll. He was chosen to be responsible for building the facilities for the Los Alamos Atomic Energy Project in New Mexico." (See Texas State Heritage, "McKee, Robert Eugene, Sr.," accessed 04/01/2018.)During the 1950s and 1960s, McKee had the experience to take on very large scale projects for the military and public governments, and gained expertise in building airports resized and equipped for the needs of passenger jets. It won a very large $24 million contract to construct Los Angele's new airport in Westchester in 1959.


High School

Graduate, Manual Training School of Washington University, Saint Louis, MO, c. 1907. This was the first manual training high schoolestablished in the world.



Robert E. McKee was born in Chicago, IL, but his family moved during his childhood to Saint Louis, where he attended high school.


His father was James David McKee, his mother, Alice Elizabeth Cleve.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 4295