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...Allen Laws Oliver III: Interior design instructor at UNT, El Centro College
...Services for Allen Laws Oliver III, an interior design instructor at the University of North Texas and El Centro College, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel. Mr. Oliver, 61, died Thursday in Dallas. Mr. Oliver brought hard-to-teach interior design concepts to life for his students, said Lee Candler Young, an architect and interior designer who is chairman of the division of Design School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas.
"had a true flair for interior design, particularly in his
approach to accessorizing and his
creative use of color," he
said. Mr. Oliver
succeeded Mr. Young as chairman of the Interior Design Department at El Centro College
A few years ago, El Centro students voted Mr. Oliver
Teacher of the Year. He
"infused educational efforts with a wry sense of humor that made learning fun for the students," Mr. Young said. Born and raised in Dallas, Mr. Oliver graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas in 1959.He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and a San Francisco design school.He also attended Parsons School of Design in New York.He was a graduate of El Centro's culinary arts program.
While a student in Austin, he
was night manger for the Driscoll Hotel and managed its club, said his
sister Olivia "Pedie" Leachman Bramblett of Dallas. Mr. Oliver
owned several businesses in Dallas, including Inner Space furniture store and a Crabtree & Evelyn
did design work for a Highland Park bookstore, the restoration of First Church of Christ
, Scientist in Dallas and for homes throughout Dallas, especially in Park Cities.
"His work reflected the person that hired him rather than Allen
," Mrs. Bramblett said.
was a reader at First Church of Christ
In addition to his sister, Mr. Oliver
is survived by his mother, Margaret F. Smith Oliver; his father, Allen Laws Oliver Jr.; and sister, Margaret Bourland Garretson, all of Dallas.