Coulson Tough

2011 Tall Timbers District "Good Scout Recipient"

Coulson Tough’s parents arrived in America in the mid-1920’s. His parents were from Scotland and immigrated through Canada to the Detroit, Michigan area. Mr. Tough enlisted in the Army Air Corps at age 17 and was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX during WW II and served his country in France and Germany. After the war, he enrolled in college and completed his degree in Architecture at the University of Michigan. He married his wife, Colleen, in 1952.

Mr. Tough and his wife traveled to California where he first worked with a small architectural firm while he obtained his license in California. After obtaining his architectural license, Coulson was employed in the planning department at UCLA and later was Campus Architect for the University of California-Irvine (“UCI”). UCI is recognized today for its architectural design and Coulson even named some of the streets adjacent to the campus!

Coulson was recruited by the University of Houston as Vice President and his family moved to Texas. Coulson met the founder of The Woodlands, George Mitchell, who recruited Coulson as part of his original “dream team” to work for The Woodlands Corporation and so he did…for thirty years during the pioneer days of The Woodlands (1973-2003). Coulson was actively involved in all the planning and designs of buildings in The Woodlands, overseeing art and sculpture projects that remain signature items of The Woodlands today. Coulson also served on the CISD School Board for six years and served as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a charter member of The Woodlands Rotary Club. He is a founding member of the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church. Coulson is still active in planning. He worked on the new George Mitchell physics complex at Texas A & M University which was dedicated on December 4, 2009.

We have the opportunity to recognize Coulson with the Good Scout Award for living his life by the values and ideals the Boy Scouts of America instill in the youth of our community.

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