William G. Parr

Oklahoman Published: December 13, 1994

PARR William G., a well-known Oklahoma City Architect, passed away Monday, December 12, 1994. He was born in Oklahoma City on January 5, 1911 to Ida and J.O. Parr. He was a graduate of Central High School and Oklahoma State University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He worked with his father's architectural firm until the death of J.O. Parr in 1940. During these years, he worked with his father in the design and construction of many city landmarks including the Oklahoma City Municipal Auditorium, (Civic Center). After the death of J.O. Parr, he and the late George Aderhold formed a partnership known as Parr & Aderhold Architects.

His knowledge and skill in both classical and contemporary architecture contributed to the beauty and dignity of the city skyline. His designs include First Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, All Souls Episcopal Church, Central Presbyterian Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, Crown Heights Methodist Church, Our Lord's Lutheran Church, Oklahoma City Art Museum and Oklahoma Bar Association, in addition to many other beautiful churches and commercial buildings in Oklahoma and other states. For many years he was associated with Safeway Stores (Homeland) and was active in the design and construction of new and remodeled stores. He was an avid and accomplished photo- grapher. He was a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the American Institute of Architects. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine Roberts Parr; a daughter, Barbara Elizabeth Parr McAlister; one sister, Margaret E. Parr; and a brother, J.O. Parr, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Martha Lee Land Parr; son, William Rob Parr; stepson, James E. Keys and his wife, Linda, their children, Christopher and Alexandra of Sacramento, Ca.; two sisters, Mrs. John (Bonnie) O'Toole, Daytona Beach, Fl. and Mrs. William (Maida) Rudrow of OKC; and several nieces and nephews. His spirit lives on in the lines and art of the graceful, wonderous churches and structures he designed and in the hearts of those who loved him.

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