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Robert Kelley Posey
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Birth: 1904, USA
Death: 1977
White Plains
Westchester County
New York, USA

A well-known architect in civilian life, Robert K. Posey served as Monuments Officer for Patton's Third Army in the advance across northern Europe and into Germany. He began his military service in 1942 with the Army Corps of Engineers building airstrips in the town of Churchill, in northern Canada. Posey arrived in Normandy just after D-Day, after working on MFAA preparations in Great Britain.

Perhaps Posey's greatest accomplishment during his time as a Monuments Man was the discovery of the salt mine at Altaussee. Just days after the German surrender he found the Van Eyck brothers' Ghent Altarpiece, Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna, Vermeer's The Astronomer, along with thousands of other works of art hidden in numerous chambers deep within the mine. For his remarkable work as a Monuments Man, Posey was awarded the Legion of Honor from France, and the Order of Leopold from Belgium. In 1946, he wrote an article based on his experiences for the College Art Journal, entitled "Protection of Cultural Materials During Combat."

Upon Posey's return home from the war, he resumed his career as an architect. He had graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering in 1926, and a B.S. in Architecture in 1927. As a student activist, Posey spoke out against Huey Long, Fascism, and the Ku Klux Klan. He then taught at his alma mater until 1928. Before the war, he worked for various architecture firms, but in 1946 he began his nearly three-decade career at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York City. As a senior associate, Posey worked on such notable projects as the Union Carbide Building and the Lever House in New York City, and the Sears Tower in Chicago. After marrying Alice Montgomery in 1933, they had two sons, Carnot Dennis and Robert Michael. Posey retired after a successful career in 1974, and died three years later in White Plains, New York.

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 Parents:
  James Wesley Posey (1871 - 1958)
  Mary Ann Kelley Posey (1875 - 1936)
 
 Sibling:
  Robert Kelley Posey (1904 - 1977)
  Joseph Don Posey (1906 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Elmwood Cemetery
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Plot: Block 27 Lot 635
 
Created by: Wes Phinney
Record added: Feb 21, 2014
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Robert Kelley Posey
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