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Born: 10/9/1917

Melissa Coleman, nee Minich, was born in Landisville, PA, where she would later practice. She trained at Pennsylvania State College, earning a B. S. in 1939 and winning the BAID medal in 1938. Coleman began her career in the Wilmington, DE office of John F. Mullins, working there in 1939-1941. Her husband Clifford LeRoy Coleman was in the same office at the time. Between 1941 and 1947, when they established Coleman & Coleman in Landisville, Melissa Coleman worked in a number of firms: Hercules Powder Company (1941-1942), A. T. Granger Associates (1944), and the Buchart Engineering Company (1945). In 1970, the Colemans merged their firm with the Myerstown, PA partnership Haak & Kaufman to form Haak, Kaufman, Coleman & Coleman.

Coleman joined the national AIA in 1948 and was a member of Central Pennsylvania Chapter, chairing the public relations and information committee in 1955. She served as the 2nd vice president of the American Association of University Women in 1952-1953.

Written by Rima M. Girnius, and Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Central Pennsylvania Chapter, AIA

School Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania State University


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