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I grew up in Lubbock, Texas and attended the hometown university, Texas Tech. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1972 in studio art, majoring in painting, drawing and printmaking.

I went to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Texas in 1972. I did not complete the degree and went into the Air Force in 1974.

I served in the Air Force from 1974 through 1977 and was stationed in Tacoma, Washington; the Philippines; Biloxi, Mississippi and Fort Yukon, Alaska (9 miles north of the Arctic Circle). I also visited Japan, Germany, France and England.

I returned to the University of Texas and received a Master of Architecture degree in 1981.

I worked in a private firm in Austin and became a Registered Architect in 1984. I then worked as a sole proprietor in Austin until 1988.

I met my wife, Debbie Darden, at the University of Texas and we moved to Philadelphia in 1988. I worked in a private architectural firm until 1990.

In 1991, we moved to Scranton, PA and I became the park’s architect at Steamtown National Historic Site, which celebrates the nation’s steam locomotive heritage.

In 1995 we moved to Gettysburg, PA and I became the historical architect for Gettysburg National Military Park. I specialized in historic preservation and renovation.

In 2002, we moved to Beckley, West Virginia, where I continued my role as historical architect for New River Gorge National River, a National Park in the southern part of the state.

In 2014, I retired from 23 years with the National Park Service and my wife became the Superintendent at Assateague Island National Seashore, recently also retired.

In 2022 we finally returned to Texas residing in Georgetown.


Richard Segars

Berlin, MD