Architect and businessman Robert I. Ballinger was born in Maryland, the son of Walter F. and Bessie M. (Connell) Ballinger. His father was a founder of the prominent Philadelphia architectural and engineering firm, Ballinger & Perrot, later known as the Ballinger Co. Robert I. Ballinger graduated from the Germantown Academy in 1910 and from Pratt Institute in 1915. By 1916 he was associated with his father's firm, then Ballinger & Perrot, and by 1920 had taken on several of the business posts which he would hold for many years. As part of his business activities, Ballinger was president of the Bascom Corporation, treasurer of the Industrial Corporation, and of the Philadelphia Housing Association, among others.
Ballinger became a member of the AIA in 1927, receiving emeritus status in 1967. He was also a member of the Manufacturers' Club, the Engineers' Club, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and a founding member of the Penn Athletic Club.
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- Penn Athletic Club
- Engineers Club
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Manufacturers Club
- Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
- Philadelphia Housing Association
- Germantown Academy
- Pratt Institute
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