Douglas Gilmour was born in Philadelphia. He studied at Lehigh University in 1921-1922 before enrolling in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.Arch. in 1927, and where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He began his career as a draftsman in the office of Webber & Wurster before graduation, working there in 1926-1927. After completing his degree, he joined the firm of Savery & Scheetz, where he was made a partner in 1937. He joined the national A.I.A. the following year. In 1958 Gilmour left to establish a new partnership with Penn classmate Fred F. Martin. Their firm, which continued until the year before Gilmour's death, was located in Doylestown, PA.
Gilmour was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the A.I.A. until his partnership with Martin, when he joined the Bucks County Chapter. He served as president of the Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association, and was a member of the Doylestown Rotary Club and the Huntingdon Valley Country Club.
Emily T. Cooperman.
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- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- University of Pennsylvania
- Lehigh University
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