Wishing Alumnus Clarence Cross a Happy 100th Birthday!
Clarence Cross, an architect, was born January 15, 1916 in Allensville, KY, the son of Ameila Tinsley Cross and Napoleon Cross. Napoleon was a farmer and supported the family of five that included Amelia's mother Jane Tinsley, according to the 1920 U.S. Federal Census. In 1927, the family moved to Kokomo, IN, where Clarence Cross completed high school.
He was a student at Tuskegee Institute [now Tuskegee University] and completed one year before enlisting in the U.S. Army on January 14,
1942, at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana, according to his enlistment record.
After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1946, Cross enrolled again at Tuskegee Institute and was a 1949 architecture graduate. He was a registered architect in Ohio and Indiana, and had a private practice while also employed by the Base Civil Engineering for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He retired from the Air Force Base in 1971.
Cross was a founding partner in 1969 of the firm Cross, Curry, de Weaver, Randall and Associates; the firm was dissolved in 1997. Some of Cross' work includes his role as designer of the Second Baptist Church in Ford City, PA, and the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Dayton.
Clarence Cross was the husband of Mary E. Cross. For a more detailed account of the Clarence Cross biography and his accomplishments, see his entry in African American Architects, a biographical dictionary, 1865-1945 edited by D. S. Wilson. Subjects: Architects, Businesses, Migration North, Military & Veterans Geographic Region: Allensville, Todd County, Kentucky / Kokomo, Indiana / Dayton, Ohio
The Tuskegee Architecture and Construction Alumni Association (TACAA) expresses that Cross represents the true Tuskegee Spirit! We thank you alumnus Clarence Cross for representing the Tuskegee University Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science (TSACS) alumni as well as you have done. Happy 100th Birthday!
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