Thomas R. Silcox, 89

The Baltimore Sun

Thomas Randall Silcox, a World War II veteran and retired Baltimore architect, died of Alzheimer's disease March 3 at the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke. He was 89.

Mr. Silcox was born in Roanoke, the eldest of six children, and raised in Vinton, Va. He graduated from William Byrd High School in Vinton and was drafted into the Army in 1941.

He attended officer's training and during that time met Virginia Ann Divers, whom he married in 1943. He saw 10 months of combat in the Normandy region of France and the Huertgen Forest along the border of Belgium and Germany and at the Battle of the Bulge. He was injured in 1945 and was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

He remained in the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In the meantime, he studied architecture at Virginia Tech, graduating with a master's degree in 1949.

He moved to Baltimore in 1951 to pursue architecture jobs, ultimately joining the engineering firm of Whitman Requardt & Associates. Among some of his designs: the former Hutzler's department store building on York Road in Towson and the imposing A-shaped structure of Grace English Lutheran Church in Lutherville.

He spent 42 years in the Baltimore area, living with his wife and four children in a home he designed in the Idlewylde community.

In his free time, Mr. Silcox was an avid golfer who played at the Country Club of Maryland and the Towson Country Club with close friends and associates who called themselves "The Big Eight."

He retired from architecture in 1986 and returned to Roanoke in 1993.

Services were held Thursday in Roanoke.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, Mr. Silcox is survived by two sons, Thomas R. Silcox Jr. of Laurel and Dane S. Silcox of West Hartford, Conn.; two daughters, Lorrie S. Murray of Richburg, S.C., and Janine S. Hinz of Williamsburg, Va.; four sisters, Geraldine Shelor of Cary, N.C., Marjorie McLenagan of St. Helena Island, S.C., Carolee Bush of Williamsburg, Va., and Roberta Burton of Williamsburg, Va.; and eight grandchildren.

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