Lee "Lee Roy" Hahnfeld '54 October 17, 2023 12:11 PM updated: October 17, 2023 12:20 PM
Lee Roy Hahnfeld
September 24, 1932 - September 3, 2023
Lee Roy Hahnfeld passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023.
Lee Roy was born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 24, 1932, to Herbert Reinhard and Frieda Meier Hahnfeld.
Lee Roy graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1950, then Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1955. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of Captain.
Lee Roy married Joan Morgan July 15, 1956. He had many passions in life, but those closest to his heart were family, career, and the 6H Ranch.
Lee Roy began his professional career in 1955 as an architect's apprentice, becoming a registered architect in 1959. He worked for three architectural firms in Fort Worth prior to establishing his own practice in 1963.
The firm, Lee Roy Hahnfeld, AIA, later became Hahnfeld Associates Architects/Planners, Inc. During his career, Lee Roy served multiple professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, where he became Fort Worth Chapter President in 1971. He also was a member of the Texas Society of Architects, serving as President in 1981. Lee Roy later served as President of the Texas Architectural Foundation Board from 1987 through 1996.
In 1992, Lee Roy was elevated into the AIA's College of Fellows.
In 1997, as further evidence of his commitment to the profession and respect within the industry, the Texas Society of Architects bestowed "Firm of the Year" to Hahnfeld Associates Architects/Planners, Inc.
In 2000, Texas A&M University's College of Architecture honored Lee Roy as an "Outstanding Alumni", and in 2001, the Texas Society of Architects honored him with the "Llewelyn W. Pitts Award," the highest honor for significant contributions to the profession.
Some of the significant projects include buildings on the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth Ridglea Library, the Downtown Fort Worth YMCA, Temple Beth-El, Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and Conservatory, and projects on the TCU and SMU campuses.
Lee Roy's personal life was filled with family, friends, golf, Texas A&M Football, and, most importantly, loving Joan, his wife of 67 years. One of Lee Roy's favorite things to do was spending time at the 6H Ranch with family, friends, and neighbors on the front porch, overlooking his pond. He loved the land, the grass, the trees, and the water. Plowing, planting, bailing, and working cattle brought Lee Roy such joy.
Lee Roy was the patriarch of the Hahnfeld Family and spent his life guiding, providing wisdom, comforting, sharing stories, and laughing. He had an amazing impact on most of those he touched with his larger than life personality and gentle nature.
Lee Roy will be laid to rest in the Hahnfeld Family Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joan; children, Eric Hahnfeld and wife, Michele; Allison Wood and husband, Rick; Kurt Hahnfeld; and Karl Hahnfeld and wife, Rendee; grandchildren, April Hahnfeld; Preston Wood, and wife, Zhenya; Patrick Wood; Maddie Rose Wood; Madeline Hahnfeld; William, Pepper, and Wes Lee Hahnfeld; two great-grandchildren, Reece and Carter Gwin; and his brother, Ralph Hahnfeld.
Celebration of Life: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow.
There will be a private burial at the 6H Ranch Family Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please donate to:
Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County, 817-336-0912, https://mealsonwheels.org/
ACH Child and Family Services, 817-335-4673, https://achservices.org/
Tunnel to Towers Foundation, https://t2t.org/