George Alan Morledge, 83, former restoration architect for Colonial Williamsburg

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George Alan Morledge
George Alan Morledge

George Alan Morledge died Monday, March 14, 2016. He was born on May 28, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, soon after his medical missionary father, John Walker Morledge, and mother, Grace Norrick Morledge, returned from service in South Africa.

Alan Morledge grew up in Oklahoma City, Okla., with two older brothers, Joe and John. After graduating from Classen High School, Alan attended Rice Institute in Houston, Texas, completing a degree in chemistry in 1951. He entered the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Burton Island, an ice breaker, in the Bering Sea off of Alaska.

Later in life, he achieved the rank of commander, with over 20 years of service in the U.S. Naval Reserves. In 1954, Alan entered the Harvard School of Design, completing a master’s degree in 1957, followed with a summer course of study at Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France. Alan taught architecture for several years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Southwest Louisiana, before joining the firm of Spencer and Lee in San Francisco in 1960.

In 1961, Alan consulted with Spencer and Lee for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, to help design a new Lodge conference center, in Williamsburg, where he met Anne Jackson. Four months later, Anne and Alan were married in the Wren Chapel on September 30, 1961. The couple stayed in Williamsburg after Alan was offered a position as a restoration architect for Colonial Williamsburg, serving there until 1983.

Alan then specialized as a scholar in colonial-era restoration projects throughout Virginia, including Blandfield Plantation in Essex County, the Adam Thoroughgood House in Virginia Beach, and countless historic churches, sharing his expertise as an adjunct instructor for the College of William & Mary Special Programs. He designed numerous buildings in the greater Williamsburg area, including homes for Colonial Williamsburg’s President Carl Humelsine and popular musician Bruce Hornsby.

Over the years, Alan served in the Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the York County Board of Building Code Appeals, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Virginia, and on advisory boards for historic properties, including Gloucester County’s Rosewell Ruins, Yorktown’s Custom House and St. Luke’s Church in Isle of Wight.

Alan enjoyed the activities of the Saint Andrews Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and participated as an actor in the early years of the Williamsburg Players. An active member of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, he served on the vestry. Alan also enjoyed volunteering for many years with the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg. He was a bona fide chocoholic.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe; and his wife, Anne.

He is survived by his son, Clarke H. Morledge, and his wife, Lisa, of Charles City County; brother, John Morledge, of Madison, Wis.; and many nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at Bruton Parish Church. A reception will follow from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Alvin P. Andersen Auditorium, Williamsburg Landing.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Bruton Parish Episcopal Church; or the College of William & Mary Foundation, Swem Library, Make a Difference Fund, in Alan’s memory, at P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187, or online at wm.edu.give-now.

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