AIA North Carolina Eastern Section

R. Drew Dalton, 50, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012

February 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM


Goldsboro – R. Drew Dalton, 50, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Hospice of Wake County in Cary surrounded by his family.

Drew was born in Troy, Ohio on September 6, 1961 to the late R. Murray Dalton and Mary Lou Streeter Dalton.  He was a graduate and proud alumnus of the School of Architecture at the University of Cincinnati (87.)  Drew joined Michael J. Dunn, Architect, in 1999 and together they formed the firm Dunn & Dalton Architects in 2000. Drew became president and CEO of Dunn and Dalton Architects in 1998 and held that position until his passing. 

Drew also had a commitment to the AIA and valued the experience of membership. During his earlier career in Dayton, OH, Drew served on the Board of Directors for the Dayton Chapter of AIAOhio. He was Treasurer in 1996 & 1997; President-Elect in 1998; and President in 1999. After moving down to North Carolina in the summer of 1999, he regularly attended meetings in the Eastern Section and Design conferences & seminars throughout the state. He always enjoyed talking with other Architects about the future of the profession and the importance for continuing education that the AIA provided. Drew also loved to participate in the annual Eastern Section College Scholarship Golf Outing. He had a passion for golf and was a member of Walnut Creek Country Club. His warm friendship and big smile always brightened the day on the golf course whether you were in his group or not. He loved a good challenge but he enjoyed the fellowship even more.  

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Deonna W. Dalton; his daughter, Kennedy Dalton; and his sister, Christy Dalton of Indianapolis, IN.

Drew has always been very passionate about the importance of education and the promise that it provides to each of us individually and collectively, and to help realize this dream for his own family, a scholarship fund for his daughter Kennedy will be established.  For those who may be interested in contributing to this scholarship fund, you may contact Dunn and Dalton Architects by e-mail at [email protected] and a response with information will be directed to you.

 Online condolences may be sent to the family at

A scholarship fund for Kennedy Dalton has been established at The Little Bank. Contributions may be made via check, made payable to Deonna Dalton, with “Kennedy Dalton Scholarship Fund” in the memo line. Checks may be sent to:

Kennedy Dalton Scholarship Fund
C/O The Little Bank
Attention: Scott Newton
PO Box 279
Kinston, NC 28501-2079

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