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Allan Wilson Mogridge, 1923 – 2021

I learned recently that Allan W. Mogridge, the last surviving partner of Clayton Bond and Mogridge, died this past 6 January, just short of his 98th birthday. Kenneth L. Bond died in 2005 (see obituary). I haven't found an obituary for John C. Clayton (who was born in 1918), but I'm sure he's long since deceased.

Mogridge was born in Calgary on 3 February 1923 and attended Balmoral School and Crescent Heights High School. Upon graduation he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served with No. 116 Squadron in Cape Breton. At war's end Mogridge returned to Calgary and began an architectural apprenticeship with E. T. Brown.

In September 1953, English-born John C. Clayton and native Calgarian Kenneth L. Bond formed a new partnership called Clayton and Bond, with offices in the F. W. Clark Building. At this time, Mogridge was hired as the office manager. In July of 1955 Mogridge passed his examinations at the University of Alberta and was admitted to the Alberta Association of Architects. Soon after, on 13 August the firm announced that former associate Mogridge had been made partner and that henceforth the firm would be called Clayton Bond and Mogridge.

Calgary's landscape is dotted with Clayton Bond and Mogridge buildings and houses. To name a few, the Alberta Wheat Pool Building, the French Petroleum Building, Addison House, the Condon Building, the Phillips Building, and the Mire Katchen House. Unfortunately, their early masterpiece, the Calgary Municipal Airport Terminal, was demolished sometime in the 1980s.

The last mention of Clayton Bond and Mogridge that appears in the Herald was in 1971. It's unclear what the three partners did after this time, although John Clayton went back to England at some point.

On 4 August 1951 Mogridge married Barbara Delyce Miller (1924 – 2000) at Knox United Church. They had two children, James and Patti.