Col Seymour Van Os

Col Seymour Van Os

Death 27 Apr 1974 (aged 80)
Burial Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot Hebrew Rest III section, east side of cemetery
Memorial ID 18793253 · View Source
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Seymour Van Os, a well-known architect with offices in Shreveport since 1915, died at 11:15 p.m., Saturday in Schumpert Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Van Os, who was 80, resided at 3801 A Parkway.

His office was responsible for the design and construction of numerous schools in various parishes in Northwest Louisiana, as well as banks, libraries, commercial and industrial buildings and many buildings at Barksdale and England Air Force Bases.

A native of New Orleans, Mr. Van Os was educated in New Orleans public schools and graduated from Tulane University in 1913 with a degree in architecture.

He worked in various architects' offices in New Orleans and came to Shreveport as a draftsman.

In association with J. Y. Snyder, he opened an office in January, 1915, and continued the practice of architecture until April 1917 when he entered the U.S. Army.

He later accepted a reserve commission in the Corps of Engineers and was recalled to active duty as a major in December 1940, remaining on active duty for the duration of World War II. He commanded an Engineers Construction group until his retirement in 1953.

Mr. Van Os formed a partnership with T. A. Flaxman from 1939 until his retirement in 1970. He was instrumental in gathering and organizing a group of local architects into the North Louisiana branch of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. From 1952 to 1964, he served as a member of the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners.

He was a 50-year member and a commander of the Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and served as a commander of both the local and state 40 & 8 organizations.

He was a member of the B'nai Zion Temple.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday in the Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi David Lefkowitz of the B'nai Zion Temple officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, Herman Van Os of Shreveport and Seymour Van Os Jr. of Kilgore, Tex.; one brother, Leo Van Os of New Orleans; and four grandchildren.

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Gravesite Details World War I and World War II U.S. Army service noted. Recipient of Bronze Star.


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