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William Sidney Merliss

William Sidney Merliss, American architect, engineer. Decorated Purple Heart.


  • Merliss, William Sidney was born on September 26, 1922 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Sidney Samuel and Bonnie Bessie (Farr) Merliss.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Architecture, B. in Architectural Engineering, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1950.


    • September 1994); children: Sherri Lynn Merliss Voebel, Benjamin Harrison, Virginia Jeanne Merliss Johnson. Married Lana Baron Merliss. Stepchildren: Earl Baron Gildersleeve, Thomas Gildersleeve III. Architect, engineer Hudgins, Thompson & Ball, Oklahoma City, 1950.

      Engineer Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas, 1953-1954. Project engineer Walter P. Moore, Houston, 1954-1955. Consultant senior engineer W.S. Merliss & Associates, Houston, 1955-1961.

      Partner Merliss, Jones and Robinson, Houston, 1961-1977, Merliss & Jones, 1977-1989, retired. Director Freaky Fritters World Inc., Universal Domes Inc., Condo Domes Inc., Time Systems Inc. Chairman board Bandit Messenger Service Inc., Houston and other locations.

      Democrat precinct chairman, 1968-1975.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Judaism


    Served with United States Air Force, 1941-1945, 51-53. Member American Institute of Architects, National, Texas Societies Professional Engineers, Texas Society Architects, Los Angeles Society Architects, Prestressed Concrete Institute, Gulf Coast Oklahoma State Alumni Association (president 1956-1965), Crescent Society, Cosmopolitan Dance, Baton Rouge City, Camelot, Men of Bal Masque, Krewe of Tucumcari, Big Timers (Baton Rouge).


    • Married Dorothy Halphen Kolb (divorced September 1994).; married Lana Baron Merliss. Children: Sherri Lynn Merliss Voebel, Benjamin Harrison, Virginia Jeanne Merliss Johnson.
    • father: Sidney Samuel Merliss
    • mother: Bonnie Bessie (Farr) Merliss
    • spouses: Dorothy Halphen Kolb
    • Lana Baron Merliss
    • children: Sherri Lynn Merliss Voebel Merliss
    • Benjamin Harrison Merliss
    • Virginia Jeanne Merliss Johnson Merliss
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    Born September 26, 1922