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Born: 1/11/1921, Died: 12/9/2008

Frank J. McGettigan was born in Philadelphia and studied at Temple University, Villanova, and Swarthmore in the early 1940s, while working at Cramp's shipyard and before earning a diploma in architecture at Drexel Institute of Technology in 1950, where he won the Mary Drexel Scholarship award in 1947-9. McGettigan began his architectural career in 1946 as a draftsman on public school projects in the Philadelphia area, worked in the office of Davis & Dunlap, and as a draftsman and designer with Paul Henon. McGettigan joined T. Norman Mansell in 1949, and became an associate in 1955, along with Edwin L. Fugate 3rd. McGettigan and Fugate were made full partners in 1959. McGettigan left the firm in 1967 to become the architectural partner in the engineering business of Jordan, McGettigan & Yule. Later he hestablished a firm with his son-in-law Robert C. Becker, specializing in residential design and renovations, with offices in Drexel Hill and in Somers Point, NJ. After retiring in the early 1980s, McGettigan divided his time between a houseboat in Florida and family in the Philadelphia area.

McGettigan joined the national AIA in 1956, and was a studio critic and lecturer at Drexel in the 1960s.

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

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Knights of Columbus
  • Pennsylvania Society of Architects
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Philadelphia Sketch Club

School Affiliations

  • Drexel Institute
  • Villanova University
  • Temple University
  • Swarthmore College


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