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Naef, Robert William (b.1900 - d.1974)
Architect, Jackson, MS
Born and attended high school in Whiting, IN, graduating in 1919. Received degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Illinois in 1923. In 1924, he married Laura Catherin Loflin of Jackson, MS. From June, 1923 to June 1928, he worked as an engineer and specification writer (and for the last three years as manager) in the office of N.W. OVERSTREET. From 1928 to 1931, he worked as specification writer and office manager for C.H. LINDSLEY. In August, 1931, he began practicing independently until 1934, when he briefly acted as the State Engineer for the Civil Works Administration and Director of Work for the Emergency Relief Administration. From 1934-1935, he was the state reconditioning supervisor for the Home Owners Loan Corporation, after which time, he re-entered the architectural practice. Naef became a member of the AIA in 1937 and served as president of the Mississippi chapter in 1941. EDWARD WELTY was a draftsman in his office from 1934-1941, and again from 1945-1953. H.G. MARKEL was an associate in his firm in the late 1930s. THOMAS BIGGS, who had grown up as Naef's neighbor, worked in his office from 1938 to 1940, where Biggs met HARRY E. WEIR a draftman in the firm, 1936-1941. EARL T. GILMORE (1935) and CHARLES L. HERMON (1937) worked briefly in his office. WILLIAM L. GILL joined his office as draftsman and deisnger in 1947 and continued in that capacity until at least 1960. By 1950, Naef's firm was known as one of the largest in the state, and it was registered in Mississippi (1928), Louisiana (1940), Virginia, Illinois, and Alabama (1941). His out-of-state work included at least two large manufacturing plants for the Lipton Company, one in Galveston, TX (1950) and a second in Suffold, VA (1954). The latter drew praise as one of the ten significant new plants in 1956 from "Factory Management and Maintenance." He published an article in Architectural Concrete in 1954, and served as Vice-President on the Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public Schools during the 1950s when many new schools were built in the city. He was honored as a Fellow in the AIA in 1956. A Methodist, Naef, had six children. He lived at 536 Eastview Street, Jackson in 1961, and at 1518 Lyncrest Avenue, Jackson in 1970. Office address in 1956 was 844 N. State St., and in 1962 at the Alpine Building at 350 North Mart Plaza. See The Story of Jackson, vol. 12, pp. 170-172. See American Architects Directory, 1956.
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