Eugene A. Delmar

Born: Fri., Jun. 8, 1928
Died: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sun., Jan. 06, 2019
Location: Roy W. Barber Funeral Home

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Eugene A. Delmar, FAIA, died December 30, 2018 at his home in Derwood. He was 90.  A resident of the Washington, DC area since the 1950s, he was the founder and president of Delmar Architects, PA. 


“Gene” was born and raised in Gallitzin, PA. After high school, he joined the US Army Corp of Engineers where he was an officer and served in post WWII Germany. With the help of the GI bill, he went on to earn his architecture degree from Columbia University in New York. After college he moved to the Washington area. He founded Delmar Architects in 1959 and remained president of the company until his death. In fact, he still went to work every day until two days before he died.


Gene was devoted to his surviving wife Bettie and three children Diana, Daniel and David Delmar, all residents of Montgomery County, MD, as well as his six grandchildren Nicole, Jacqueline, Kristin, Anthony, Joseph and Christopher.


He was active in his professional community. In 1967, he was president of the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was also a past president of the Maryland Society of Architects. In 1970, he was elected a fellow of the AIA. That’s the same year he earned his master’s degree in urban design from Catholic University. He was honored with awards for his mid-century designs. He was active in community service organizations such as the Lions Club and Jaycees and participated in many charitable activities to help the underserved of Montgomery County.


Mid-career, Gene was proud to have his son David join him in his architecture practice. Together they designed many of the public schools in Maryland: Eubie Blake High, Clarksburg High, Rock View Elementary, Weller Road Elementary, Greenbelt Middle School, Huntingtown High — and the list goes on. The firm also designed the Montgomery County Courthouse in Rockville and the District Court of Maryland in Caroline County.


Gene is best described as a Renaissance man — he was an intellectual, an avid reader, an excellent artist and a golfer and hunter. He built his family home with his own hands and the homes of relatives. His family deeply mourns his passing but he will live on in their hearts and for generations to come through the many beautiful structures he designed.


A memorial service will be held in Gene’s honor at the Barber Funeral Home, Laytonsville, MD, 21525 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, MD, 20882, on January 6, Sunday, from 2 PM until 4 PM.

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Lisa Lamari
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019
HESS Construction is thinking of you at this most difficult time. Sending prayers your way.

Don Cronin
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
To all the family. I'm very sorry for your loss. My mother still talks about her time at the office and the friends she made and the respect she had for Mr. Delmar.

Priscilla Hoffman
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
Bettie and Family.
We are so sad to hear of Gene's passing. He was a remarkable man. Please know you have our deepest sympathy.
Dick and Priscilla Hoffman

Coleman Plecker
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
Dear Bettie and Family,

Very sorry to learn of Gene’s passing.
Memories of him bring back happy and positive times. He and your family are in our prayers.

Coleman and Barbara

Donna H Hutchinson
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
To the Delmar family,
Gene was truly a treasure to remember. His sense of humor was a part of his character as well as his gentle nature. I hope that as the days pass, the fun and guidance that he shared will be your lasting memories of him.
Gene has joined his siblings and I can imagine the goings on up there!
Donna Hutchinson

Coach Berger Pepsi Cola Baseball Team
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to Daniel and his family from Coach Berger Pepsi Cola Baseball Team

Trevor and Sue
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
We may be in England but our hearts will be with you all on Sunday at 2pm, there will be tears of sadness but we will also smile and say Thank You Gene for all the happy memories you, Bettie and all of the family have given us on our many visits to Derwood.

Patricia Lawless
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019


Our sympathy for the loss to your family. Gene left a great legacy for all the family! with love Pat Lawless & Jean Egger

Mike Shpur
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
It has been a real pleasure working with Gene on all the MCPS projects that Delmar Architects has produced for MCPS in the 25+ years I have been Architect for School Facilities. Gene was a total professional with a clever sense of humor. We shared a lot of good times and some great laughs, while accomplishing many fine buildings for the students of Montgomery County.
My sincere condolences to The Delmar family for the loss of their patriarch. Take comfort in all the great accomplishments, the long period of time he was around, and the many fond memories you still have.

Robert Gates
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019

BASKET GARDEN was sent by Robert and Angelia Gates.

Bettie, David, Danny, and Diane, Please accept our condolences. I feel very fortunate to have known Gene, especially as a kid growing up in our old neighborhood. He was a great man who I remember as always having a sense of humor. I will miss him. Respectfully, Robert and Angelia Gates

Louis Iaquinta
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Delmar Family;

I have had the honor and privilege of working with Gene for over 20 years. I very professional and decent Gentleman, I will be missed. You have my deepest sympathy.

Louis J. Iaquinta
IKO Real Estate, Inc.

Don Kress
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
Dear Delmar Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy in your bereavement. I was saddened to learn of Gene's passing. I first got to know Gene (and David) twenty-eight years ago when I was principal at Springbrook HS and they did the building's modernization. I have fond memories of some goose hunts together. He was a good man and will be deeply missed.

Jeanne Vicini
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
Bettie and Family
My sincere condolences from my family to yours. We all have fond memories of our years as your neighbors and our home that was built by Gene’s Dad and the garage which was latter designed by Gene. Those memories also go back to Gallitzin, Cresson, and Ebensburg, Mt. Aloysius, and Miss Bocci, my high school teacher!
I trust that all of you will find solace in your memories of Gene and his wonderful life.
Jeanne Vicini

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