Phillipe Guillaume Mutrux

   Phillipe was born on September 15, 1913, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the fifth in a family of 12 children. In 1925 he attended the seventh grade of Grammar School in Renens, Switzerland (near Lausanne). In 1935 he graduated from Washington University School of Architecture in St. Louis, Mo. In 1939 via Mexico he moved to San Francisco. While working a civil service job in Honolulu, he married Jacqueline Lankershim and survived the bombing at Pearl Harbor. His daughter Stephanie was born in 1942 and he transferred back to San Francisco and then on to Salt Lake City. He was drafted into the army in 1944 and went through basic training with the Engineer Corps. The next year he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and went to New Guinea. In 1946 after an assignment in Manila, he separated from the army, divorced, and began to work on the Master Plan for the Los Angeles Civic Center. He then worked for Anshen & Allen in Taxco, Mexico, designing and supervising. This work was featured on the cover and ten pages of "House Beautiful"1952. In 1949 he returned to Europe to study composition at the Lausanne conservatory, Mills College, and the Paris conservatory with D. Milhaud and O. Messiaen. In 1954 he went back to architecture with Anshen & Allen in San Francisco. By 1960 he assumed management of a family owned real estate holding corporation.

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   He married Alicemarie Beckham, a talented artist and fellow rockhound in 1964. Ten years later he encountered the world of Lapidary and started grinding, sculpting, and polishing rocks. In 1976 he joined the San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society, went on rock trips, learned faceting, silverwork, and began to create magnificent commessi (intarsias). From 1985 to 1993 he worked on the Intarsia Table club project. He has created several exquisitely crafted commessi and intarsia boxes. By 1994 he had to discontinue working due to deteriorating eyesight. He passed away in 2008.

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