Robert E. Warner (1924-1987)


Warner, Robert E.

Personal Information

Birth/Death:     b. 15 November 1920 - d. 06 September 1987
Occupation:     American architect
Location:     Cleveland, OH; Spencer, IA; Omaha, NE

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1967-1972; 1980-1981

Biographical Sources

American Architects Directories:
Biographical listing in 1970 American Architects Directory

Biographical Information:
Contributed by son Jeffrey R. Warner in 2014
Robert (Bob) Warner was my father. His date of birth was November 15, 1920, in Zanesville, Ohio. He died on September 6, 1987, at the VA Hospital in Coatesville, PA after suffering a stroke on Thanksgiving Day, 1982. He was survived by his wife, Kathleen, who passed away in October of 2003, in Exton, PA. He had one daughter, Nancy, and one son, Jeffrey. Robert began his career after graduating from Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1949. He ran his own business in Cleveland until 1963, when he and his wife moved to Spencer, Iowa. They relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, in 1967, while his son was in Vietnam and his daughter was attending University of South Dakota. He was the first President of the Nebraska Construction Specification Institute. He was the third son of Orville Warner of Zanesville, Ohio. His three brothers and father preceded him in death. He worked for Henningson Durham & Richardson in Omaha, and was acknowledged by HDR and the U.S. Government as an expert in Construction Specifications. He was a prolific artist and calligraphy writer, contributing numerous hand calligraphy awards to HDR personnel. He was honored by the University of Nebraska and asked to help start a school of Architecture prior to his stroke. Robert held architecture licenses in numerous states. HDR stated he had more licenses than any architect in the U.S. Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Corp on B-24 bombers in WW II. He was a three-time member of the caterpillar club and an escaped POW making it back to England with wounds that kept him out of combat until he was medically released. He was awarded the Army/Air Cross, Distinguished Service Award and Purple Heart. He also received other awards. He was a fantastic architect, artist and extremely knowledgeable in math, and all areas of engineering.

Related Records

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
Membership file contains membership application, reinstatement.