John Raymond Corwin was born in Washington, D.C. on July 3, 1895, the son of Albert and Emma Breidert Corwin. The family later moved to St. Paul where he attended Central High School and the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. After serving during World War I and his release from the Army he stayed in France and studied at the Sorbonne for one year. He then worked for C.H. Johnson, State Architect, from 1921-1926 when he joined Ellerbe Architects and was a Board Member and Chief Designer for over 35 years. After retiring, he moved to Alexandria in 1962.
Several of his designs include: St. Paul City Hall
and Courthouse, Northwestern Bell Telephone, Northern States Power, Minnesota Mutual Insurance, St. Thomas College, Arts and Science Museum, all in St. Paul and the Mayo Clinic Buildings, Methodist Hospital, Kahler Hotel, Mayo Auditorium all in Rochester. In addition, Ray designed the dormitories and the Library Building at the University of Notre Dame.
Ray became a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1945.
He is survived by wife, Ethel (Sandell) Corwin of Alexandria; daughters, Mrs. Donald (Janet) Farrar of Newport News, VA and Marilyn Sonntag of Brainerd as well as several grandchildren.
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