Please note: The biography and photograph are from
the commemorative program for the 1966 North Carolina Awards ceremony.
A. G. Odell, Jr. receives a North Carolina Award in the field of fine arts in
recognition of his preeminence as an architect. Dynamic and imaginative, this
Charlotte man is one of those transforming the North Carolina and nationwide
landscape. His buildings speak to us of our time; yet from them emanate a sense
of place, a feeling of the continuity of a cherished past. A recent example is
the soaring Wachovia Bank and Trust Company building in Raleigh. Though seeming
to float on the twentieth-century air, there are touches-a breath of classicism
in its form, the elegance of its interior-that are eloquent reminders of the
American heritage. St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, the Concordia
Church in Conover, the R. J. Reynolds Company's Whitaker Park at Winston-Salem,
the Wilson Junior High School in Charlotte-all are rooted in the past, yet
embody the present, and foreshadow our tomorrow. Outside North Carolina, his
many world-wide honors and awards were climaxed two years ago, when he was the
first Southerner in the more than hundred-year history of the American Institute
of Architects to be elected to its presidency. Last May, President Lyndon B.
Johnson appointed him a member of the White House Conference on Natural Beauty.
His advice on highway beautification, on government buildings, and on large-
scale architectural ventures, is avidly sought. A graduate of Cornell University
who later studied in Paris, this native of Concord looms increasingly larger on
the national and international scene.