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Darrel Downing Rippeteau, American architect. Recipient North Country citation St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, 1971; Sears-Roebuck scholar, 1936-1937; University Nebraska Department Architecture grantee, 1940-1941; Nebraska master University Nebraska, 1971; Distinguished Alumni award College of Architecture Alumni Association, University Nebraska, 1996.


Rippeteau, Darrel Downing was born on January 14, 1917 in Clay Center, Nebraska, United States. Son of Claude LaVerne and Eva (Downing) Rippeteau.


Bachelor in Architecture, University Nebraska, 1941.


Staff architect Federal Housing Administration, Omaha, 1941-1942. Project manager, managing partner Sargent-Webster-Crenshaw & Folley, Architects and Engineers, Watertown, Buffalo, Syracuse, New York, Burlington, Vt, Bangor, Maine, 1946-1981. Treasurer, director Empire Forest System, Albany, New York, 1984-1989.

Retired, 1990

Board directors Architectural Corporation Atlanta, Key Bank Northern New York, Watertown, Association Island Recreational Corporation. Commissioner New York State Council Architecture, 1975-1985. Member New York State Forest Practice Board, 1980-2000, chairman, 1994-1998.

National advisory board member Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, New York, 1983-1995.


  • Other Work

    • Principal works include Justice Bldg, Albany, New York State Office Bldg Watertown, Toomey Abbott Towers Syracuse, State University New York Cortland, United States Physician organization Facility Syracuse.


Member national finance committee Republican Party, 1971-1973. Board trustees The Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, New York, 1973-1999, Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, New York Major United States Army, 1942-1946. Lieutenant colonel Corps of Engineers retired, 1977.

Fellow American Institute of Architects (national director 1969-1973, trustee American Institute of Architects Foundation 1970-1973). Member Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce (past president), New York State Association Industrial Development Agencies (past vice president), New York State Association Architects (president 1968-1969, political action committee 1980-1998, James Kideney award 1987), Building Research Institute, Reserve Officers Association (past president), American Tree Farm Association, Jefferson County History Society (director 1974-1978), OX-5 Aviation Pioneers (chapter president), Association United States Army (Fort Drum NNY chapter president 1985-1986).


Married Donna Doris Hiatt, January 8, 1939 (deceased 1988). Children: Bruce Estes, Darrel Downing, Jane Upson Heffron. Married Joyce Spencer, May 18, 1991.

Claude LaVerne Rippeteau

Eva (Downing) Rippeteau

Joyce Spencer

Donna Doris Hiatt

Darrel Downing Rippeteau

Bruce Estes Rippeteau

Jane Upson Heffron Rippeteau