Gerald Douglas Hines was born in Gary, Ind., on Aug. 15, 1925, to Gordon and Myrtle (McConnell) Hines. His mom was a trainer and homemaker; his father was an electrician for the U.S. Metal mill there. When Gerald was 14, he bought a part-time job on the metal mill hammering bars of metal into small items. “I saw the inside of that steel mill, and I said there is no way I want to work there for my career,” he advised his biographer, Mark Seal. He determined to turn out to be an engineer and enrolled at Purdue College.He graduated in 1948 with a level in mechanical engineering and took a job with American Blower, an industrial furnace and air-conditioning producer in Detroit. The corporate supplied him the chance to go to Indianapolis, Baltimore or Houston. He selected Houston, he stated, as a result of 5 of his former fraternity brothers had moved there, and he thought the town was starting to growth.For the primary few months he lived on the Y.M.C.A. after which moved along with his fraternity brothers right into a small condominium. Subsequent door was a unit occupied by Dorothy Schwarz, a younger occupational therapist from New York who was a granddaughter of the founding father of the F.A.O. Schwarz toy retailer. The 2 have been married in 1952.Mr. Hines was working for a small agency referred to as Texas Engineering in 1951 when he determined to purchase the small home it labored out of, satisfied that the neighborhood, close to downtown Houston, was altering and that he might revenue from its transformation right into a industrial space. He bought the home six years later for nearly twice what he had paid for it and have become a full-time actual property developer.In 1980, Mr. Hines and his first spouse divorced, and in 1981 he married Barbara Fritzsche, a German-born artist who had grown up in Australia. He had properties in New York Metropolis and Houston in addition to in Greenwich and Aspen.Along with his spouse and his son Jeff, from his first marriage, he’s survived by a daughter, Jennifer Hines Robertson, additionally from his first marriage; one other son, Trevor, and a daughter, Serena Hines, each from his second marriage; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Dorothy Schwarz Hines died in 2017.In 2002, Mr. Hines was the primary actual property developer to win the City Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionary City Growth, and in 2007 the structure college of the College of Houston, which is housed in one other Johnson and Burgee constructing, was renamed the Gerald D. Hines School of Structure and Design.