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WALTER CARSTARPHEN BURGESS, AIA (1916-1969)
Burgess was born in Rocky Mount NC and was raised in Plymouth NC. He attended Oak Ridge Milliary Institute, leaving in 1938. He attended Emory and Henry College from 1939-1941 then served in WWII as an Army combat engineer from 1941-45 and again 1951-52.
Upon returning home from the war, Walter met his future wife Alta Ruth Cooke (from Wendell NC) while they were both teaching at Plymouth High School.
He was a draftsman for Eric Flanagan from 1947-50 and at Cooper Haskins from 1950-51 and 1952-1957. He worked for Jesse M. Page in 1957 and started his own firm in 1958. For a time he was partners with
George Smart as Burgess and Smart with an office on West Johnson Street in Raleigh. He died of cancer in 1969.
1953 - The Walter and Alta Ruth C. Burgess House,
116 Dogwood Trail, Wendell NC.
1963 - The Neill and Mable Chamblee House, 181 Lu Tom Lane, Wendell NC. Still owned by the Chamblees as of 2011.
Sources include: Wife Alta Burgess Spain, son Tim Burgess.