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Born: 8/9/1922, Died: 9/15/2013

Richard Yarnall was born in Philadelphia to Stanley R. Yarnall and graduated from Germantown Friends School in the city before enrolling at Colgate University, where he earned a B. A. in 1946. This was followed in 1949 by a B. Arch. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he won the Alpha Rho Chi Honorary Fraternity Medal.

After completing his architecture degree, Yarnall worked for Philadelphia firms: first Carroll, Grisdale & Van Alen (1949-1954), and later Wright, Andrade & Amenta (1954-1957). He was the general manager for the Roberts Construction firm in 1952-1953. In 1957, he opened his own architectural office in Philadelphia. He moved his practice to Doylestown in 1972 and retired in 2001.

Yarnall joined the national AIA the year he opened his firm. He was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter while his office was in the city. A member of the Society of Friends, Yarnall has served on the governing committees of Buckingham Friends School and the George School in Newtown. He has also served on the board of the Richard Humphries Foundation, on Philadelphia's Committee of Seventy, and on the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

Written by Emily T. Cooperman, and Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Rittenhouse Club
  • Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Colgate University


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