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1919 - 1991
David Gill, faced with many challenges throughout his life and career, was an accomplished architect. With Midwest roots, Gill received his degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois and also obtained his license as a civil engineer.
His time during these years was also spent serving in World War II. Gill started his career with Robert Bruce Harris in Chicago before opening his own firm in 1950. Shortly after opening, Gill was stricken with polio. He later recovered, and eventually was able to return full-time to his design firm.
Gill was extremely knowledgeable when it came to understanding the concepts of old British architects. His knowledge allowed him to train and assist young people entering the profession, which was of high interest to him. Those he trained included his son Garrett Gill, ASGCA and Steve Halberg; the duo joined David’s firm toward the end of his career. Additionally, Gill served as a mentor to Lindsay Ervin, ASGCA. Ervin was an assistant golf course architect to Gill from 1968 to 1973.
Gill was elected into ASGCA in 1972 as a Regular member. He served the society for 19 years until his death in 1991.