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Born: 11/1/1918, Died: 12/13/1981

Heyward Pepper was born in St. Davids, PA, the son of Marion T. Myers and architect George Wharton Pepper, Jr. He attended Episcopal Academy in Merion and graduated from the Kent School, in Kent, CT in 1937 before enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania, his father and grandfather's alma mater. His career at Penn was interrupted by World War II; he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U. S. Navy. Pepper returned to Penn to complete a B. Arch. in 1947.

After graduation he entered his father's architectural office. After George Pepper died in 1949, his son continued the practice as Pepper Associates, joining the national AIA in 1953. In 1955, Heyward Pepper was joined by fellow Penn architecture alumni James B. Francis, D. Hughes Cauffman, and George Wilkinson, who had formed a partnership the year before. Francis, Cauffman, Wilkinson & Pepper considered themselves the successors to Pepper Associates. Pepper continued with the firm until his death.

Pepper was a member of many Philadelphia organizations, both social and professional. He served on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA between 1957 and 1959. From 1965, he was a member of the Committee of Seventy, the non-partisan Philadelphia political watchdog organization, following the reform tradition of his grandfather George Wharton Pepper, Sr. (1867-1961), a U.S. Senator, jurist, and University of Pennsylvania law professor.

Written by Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Acorn Club
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Philadelphia Cricket Club
  • Philadelphia Club
  • Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia
  • State in Schuylkill

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania


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