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Robert Zion 1921-2000 Robert L. Zion, FASLA, founding principal of Zion & Breen Associates, died on April 25, 2000 in a traffic accident in Imlaystown, N.J., where his firm is located. Zion was 79 and lived in nearby Cream Ridge. Zion is probably best known for the parks and public spaces created by his firm. Samuel Paley Plaza (better known as Paley Park), the atrium of the I.B.M. Building and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art are among the most enduring contributions to the cityscape in the past half-century. Paley Park in particular brought new ways of thinking about public space in New York. Commissioned by William S. Paley, chairman of CBS, and named for his father, the project introduced the concept of the vest-pocket park, a small, privately maintained midblock refuge from the Manhattan grid. Robert Lewis Zion was born in Lawrence Township on Long Island in 1921 and was educated at Harvard, where he received a master of landscape architecture degree in 1951. He opened his New York office in 1957. Zion was named a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1968, and was a Registered Landscape Architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Kentucky, and was a licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey. During his career Zion worked with some of the country's most distinguished architects, including Mr. Johnson, Edward Larrabee Barns and I.M. Pei. His firm also produced some of the largest public works projects of the past three decades.

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