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Memorial to the Landscape Architects Lost to the Profession in 2014

Douglass Crowley Allen, FASLA (Oct. 2, 1947--Oct. 26, 2014)

Douglass Crowley Allen, FASLA

Douglass Allen graduated in 1970 from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's in landscape architecture. Early on, he worked for Designer's Collaborative in Athens, Ga., and then in Atlanta for William Laubmann and Associates. While there, he worked on the Chattahoochee Corridor Study for the Atlanta Regional Commission. In 1973, he continued to work on the Chattahoochee River with the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources. This work led to the designation of the Chattahoochee as a National Recreational Area.

From 1974-1976, he earned his MLA at Harvard, and in 1977 began a 37-year teaching career in the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, except for the 1987-1988 year as visiting professor of landscape architecture at Harvard. Starting in 2002, he served five years as associate dean for academic affairs, a year as interim dean and another three years as senior associate dean. After his retirement in 2011, he returned to the classroom on a part-time basis. He was elected to the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2013. His contributions to the field were in the study of cities and the urban landscapes. He published, served on juries and lectured widely. He served for several years on the editorial board of Places Journal, and co-founded a study abroad program in Italy, which he led for over 20 years. He brought the impact of ancient Rome to the front and center of today's challenges and opportunities in designing, living and working in urban environments.

He won the ANAK Award in 2006 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was honored by his former students and colleagues by an endowed lecture in his name. In 2013, the College of Environment and Design (CED) at the University of Georgia honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Medal. He delivered the commencement address to the CED in May 2014, at the invitation of Dean Daniel Nadenicek. Professionally, he practiced landscape architecture for over 40 years, designing and planning commercial, residential, and institutional projects from Smyrna, Ga., to Baltimore, Md., and as far away as the West Bank in Israel.


Thomas Lee Berger, FASLA (March 7, 1945 to Sept. 11, 2014)

Thomas Lee Berger, FASLA

Thomas Lee Berger was born to Carl and Edith Berger in Crescent City, Calif. He and his six siblings were raised in Brookings, Oregon, but resettled to Port Orchard, Washington. He developed a passion for gardening and design while working for the family's Berger's Garden Center. In 1965, he married his long-time school sweetheart, Mary Middleton.

Thomas earned his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture at Washington State University in Pullman, and began working in the profession in 1968. In 1971, he founded Berger Partnership in Seattle. His first employee, Steve Shea, became a partner and principal and is still with the firm. His upbringing and education instilled in him a love of the Pacific Northwest environment, which strongly influenced his design approach and plant selections. His interest in horticulture led him to own a specialty nursery on Whidbey Island.

Tomas enjoyed the scale and personality of designing private residences, and applied that scale to many of the firm's major projects. He designed parks, golf courses, wineries and public spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest and abroad, including: Two Union Square, Seattle Center Space Needle Plaza, REI Flagship Store and IslandWood on Bainbridge Island. He was a board member of the Arboretum Bulletin, the Washington Arboretum Foundation and WSU Spokane Interdisciplinary Design Institute. He received awards from ASLA national and the state chapter, the Audubon Society, the Seattle Design Commission and Sunset Magazine. He was elected to the 2006 ASLA Class of Fellows.

The Berger Partnership team remembered him as a "darn good guy," but also as "a friend, mentor, leader, and an inspiration." Donations can be made in Tom's name to the Seattle Children's Hospital or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Remembrances may be made at


Michael Stephen Wei Min Chu (Jan. 21, 1950--Aug. 7, 2014)

Michael Stephen Wei Min Chu

Michael Stephen Wei Min Chu, 64, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, was a landscape architect and an Army veteran. After graduating from Iolani Hight School, he attended Chaminade University of Honolulu. After completing his military service as a U.S. Army Ranger, he returned to Hawaii and began working in a landscape architecture firm as an entry-level junior draftsman.

He continued his landscape architecture education at Cal Poly Pomona, graduating in 1977, then went to work for PBR Hawaii before starting his own firm, Land Planning & Design (LP&D Hawaii) in 1982. LP&D participated in seven Costco projects in Hawaii, and two in South Korea. Another project of particular pride was the Hawaii State Library renovation. In 2001, the firm received a Kukulu Hale award for "Renovation of the Year for the Kapiolani Park Bandstand from the Hawaii Chapter of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association).


Roy Harvey DeBoer, FASLA, LLA (May 7, 1933--March 17, 2014)

Roy Harvey DeBoer, FASLA, LLA

Roy Harvey DeBoer, FASLA, LLA, of East Brunswick, N.J., was a professor emeritus and founder of Rutgers Landscape Architecture program, and a driving force behind the recognition and licensure of landscape architects in New Jersey. He was the first licensee in the state. He was selected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1992.

His teaching career at Rutgers began in 1955 and spanned more than 50 years. He served as a full professor of landscape architecture and was the department head for 25 years. During the 1960s, he was the director of the Rutgers Gardens; in the 1970s, he established the nationally accredited landscape architecture program at Rutgers. Roy was actively involved with the LA program throughout his retirement and continued his long association with Rutgers and the retired faculty community.

He received a B.S. in landscape design and ornamental horticulture from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. While at Cornell he was on the men's heavyweight crew team, and was president of Pi Kappa Psi. In 1955, Roy married his childhood sweetheart, Marilyn Perrius, and the couple raised two sons. He earned his masters degree in 1959, while on the faculty at Rutgers University.

He loved to teach and was dedicated to his students. He joked about "never really having a job." He established the largest elective course at Rutgers--EDA (environmental design analysis), and had a customized license plate ROY EDA for many years. Among his awards are Professor of the Year at Rutgers/Cook College four times; Cook College Outstanding Educator, and Lifetime Distinguished Service; National Council of LA Educators award; Excellence in Teaching (National Assoc. of Land Grant Colleges); Warren Sussman Excellence in Teaching award (Rutgers); the Jot Carpenter Excellence in Teaching (ASLA); and named to the N.J. Nursery and Landscape Assn. Hall of Fame. In 1998, the Rutgers Gardens named a portion of the gardens he designed in the late 1950s the Roy DeBoer Evergreen Garden. On May 18, a celebration of life memorial service was held at the Rutgers Display Gardens in accordance with his wishes.


Zhou Ganzhi (1930-March 14, 2014)

Zhou Ganzhi

Zhou Ganzhi, an eminent landscape educator and president of the Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture (CHSLA), passed away March 14, 2014. His memorial service was in Beijing. The CHSLA was founded in Hangzhou city in Nov. 1948.

Zhou received his degree from the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in 1952, and became a professor at Tsinghua. Professor Zhou Ganzhi had a long and illustrious professional and academic career, including acting as a special consultant of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China, and as a Vice Minister of Construction.

Zhou engaged in town planning, design and policy making for decades, specializing in urban development, publishing more than 130 papers. He did master planning for the cities of Xi'an, Tianjin, Tangshan and Shenzhen.

He was a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the president of the Urban Planning Society of China and past president of the International Federation of Landscape Architecture (IFLA). Prof. Liu Xiaoming of the School of Landscape Architecture in Beijing notes his great contributions to the Chinese landscape architectural profession and the strong, friendly relationship between CHSLA and the IFLA.

"Those of us who knew him will remember him as a gentle and inspirational person who was determined to make the world a better place," said Martha Fajardo, a past president of IFLA.


Donnie Paul Goecke (July 30, 1971--Oct. 20, 2014)

Donnie Goecke, with three of his four sons on a hike.

Donnie grew up in Port Falls, Idaho. After a stint in the Marines, stationed in Bangor, Wash., he returned to Port Falls to marry his sweetheart, Lauri. The couple moved to Moscow, Idaho, where he worked full time for Logos Christian School while earning a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Idaho.

Upon returning to his birth home, Coeur d'Alene, he began his career with Landmark at Architects West, where he worked for the last nine years. At Landmark he worked on city parks, residential design, commercial development, and educational facilities. His key role for Landmark was to assist in construction documentation, and residential design. He was working toward getting his landscape architecture license.

Backpacking with his sons (pictured) was a source of pride and joy, including a 60-mile hike in the summer of 2014. A distance runner, it's reported he regularly ran from the landscape architecture office in Coeur d'Alene to his home in Post Falls, about a 10-mile trip, taking the scenic route on the south side of the river.


Charles R. Hatch (May 17, 1947--June 14, 2014)

In 2007, Charles authored Trees of the California Landscape: A Photographic Manual of Native and Ornamental Trees. This book of 540 pages and 1,400 color illustrations shows Chuck's passion for trees, and is an excellent resource for anyone who loves trees.

Charles Hatch was born in Downey, Calif., and grew up in Grass Valley, Calif., graduating from Nevada Union High School in 1965. He received a BS in environmental design with a major in landscape architecture from Cal State Polytechnic in Pomona in 1971. Chuck's career in landscape design spanned 43 years in various California locations: Mill Valley, Sacramento, Rocklin and Roseville. He applied his talents in environmental design for Lucas Valley in Marin County, the Veterans Administration National Cemetery in Riverside, and Serano in El Dorado Hills, Calif. In recent years he worked with HAAG Landscape Architecture, Land Architecture, Restoration Resources and Kelly Design Group. Because of his avid love of plants and history, Chuck volunteered with the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden, and the University Arboretum at Cal State University in Sacramento, and was a supporter of the California Native Plant Society. Contributions in honor of Charles R. Hatch may be made to the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation at


Alan George Hipps (April 4, 1949-- July 23, 2014)

Alan George Hipps

Al Hipps passed away peacefully at the age of 65 at his home in Chaska, Minnesota, surrounded by his life partner, Joanne, and his three sons. Al was born in Troy, Ohio, graduated from Edina High School in 1967, then joined the Army in 1968. In 1969-70, he served in the 4th Infantry Poison Ivy Division in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. As a staff sergeant he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for outstanding service. After Vietnam, Al attended Iowa State University where he earned a degree in landscape architecture in 1973.

He began his career with Gardeneer in 1971, then became a co-owner of Nature's Way from 1974 to 1985. He worked for Natural Green, and Arteka Corp., before rejoining Gardeneer in 1995, where he developed a strong base of residential clients as vice president of residential landscaping. In his 40 years as a landscape architect he particularly enjoyed working with clients to create natural landscape designs.


Joseph John Lalli, FASLA (March 26, 1943--Oct. 25, 2014)

Joseph John Lalli, FASLA

Joseph John Lalli, 71, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was a prominent landscape architect with EDSA for 40 years. He joined EDSA in 1968, and became its president/CEO for 25 years and, most recently, its chairman. He was elected an ASLA Fellow in 1994, and took the lead in opening the Chinese market for the profession.

On the EDSA website, Joe noted: "My experiences have taught me the fabric of multiple backgrounds can create something wonderful, exciting and timeless in quality. Our continued success is dependent upon diversification of projects, places and people and involving future EDSA generations in all aspects of operations, design and management."

Joe's artistic pursuits in painting and drawing allowed him to better communicate his ideas and concepts. Whether sketched on canvas or drawn on paper, he converted works of art into reality. He earned a BS in landscape architecture from Cornell University, and an MLA from the University of Michigan. Joe's career was profiled in in the June 2009 LASN issue: "Global Reach, Village Comfort--Profile: Joseph Lalli, FASLA," interview by Leslie McGuire, "I didn't know much about landscape architecture or architecture," he recalled in that interview, " but I liked to build things--model planes, log cabins, erector sets, anything. I liked putting things together. What I have learned is that if you really try you can do anything you want." This personal profile includes not only insights into the man and his landscape architecture career, but also examples of his paintings.

A Celebration of Joe's life was held Nov. 15 at the Joe Lalli Studio in Ft. Lauderdale.


Larry Packard (Nov. 15, 1912--Jan. 28, 2014)

Larry Packard

Larry Packard, the designer of the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook in Tampa, a regular stop on the PGA Tour, passed away at the age of 101. His son, Roger, estimates his father built at least 250 courses before retiring in 1986.

Larry earned a BS in landscape architecture from UMass, Amherst in 1935. One of his early landscape projects was planting grass along two runways at Westover Field Air Base in Springfield, Mass. He also designed camouflage plans for the base during WWII. In 1944 he landed an entry-level position in Chicago with the firm of golf course architect Robert Bruce Harris, where he also got to know golf architect Robert Trent Jones. During this part of his career he helped design O'Hare airfield. He worked with Harris from 1946 to 1954, then went out on his own. Larry's designs moved bunkers closer to edges of greens and created twisting, turning fairways with graceful curves and greens with gentle slopes to accommodate riding mowers. He was known for his pristine design drawings, and was dedicated to his craft.

A former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), Packard help transform the ASGCA from a social group to a professional trade association. He was known for his humor, his "old school" ways and enjoyment of music, playing the piano, banjo and organ and singing barbershop.


Helen Quackenbush, FASLA (Dec. 19, 1920--March 20, 2014)

Helen Quackenbush, FASLA

Helen Quackenbush grew up on a farm along the Susquehanna River just south of Harrisburg, Pa. She developed her love of the land here, doing farm work and helping with the family business of growing gladiolus and produce. She earned a BS in landscape architecture in 1942 from Penn State University, the only woman in the program. When her older brother went to fight in WWII, Helen ran the family business for four years. For the next 12 years, Helen had design and project management responsibilities in a number of multidisciplinary firms in the Philadelphia/Harrisburg area, establishing herself as a strong force in the design and planning field.

In 1958, Helen began working with the Girl Scouts of America in New York City as a consultant, then as a landscape architect and director of camp planning services. She did planning and gave technical assistance to Girl Scout Councils across the U.S. In Harrisburg she worked as the landscape architect for park development, and was the planner for statewide recreation and leisure services. After the 1972 flood from Hurricane Agnes, Helen oversaw the distribution of $250 million in state and federal aid to restore state and local parks. Helen headed a committee for Women in Landscape Architecture. She was elected an ASLA Fellow in 1981. In 1988, she was elected ASLA vice president of membership services, and in 1990 was awarded the ASLA President's Medal. Roy Dunn's obituary for Helen is at


Michael Smiley (Nov. 22, 1955--April 3, 2014)

Mike (center) and his wife Jodi, of Environs, Inc., met with former LAM editor Grady Clay in December of 2012 at his home in Louisville, Ky.

Michael Smiley, 58, passed away at his home in Louisville, Ky., after a difficult struggle with cancer. Michael graduated from Ballard High School in 1974, Murray State University in 1980, and earned his master's in landscape architecture from Texas A&M University in 1985.

His love of Louisville's Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways (Olmsted was commissioned to design Louisville's park system in 1891) led him to cofound a landscape architecture company, Environs Inc., in 1998 with his wife, Josephine, who has a masters in architecture from Texas A&M University, and is the president of the firm. Mike spent three years helping the Commonwealth of Virginia implement its Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, 16 years working on the restoration of Louisville's Olmsted Parks, and the last 11 years providing sustainable design solutions with Environs, Inc.

Mike dedicated much of his career to sharing his passion for the living landscape. His enthusiastic appreciation of Olmsted's green spaces resulted in him raising the quality of design in many area parks. He will be remembered for his gentle spirit, deft hand and readiness to rise to the challenge. He is survived by his wife, Jodi, his two children, his mother, Edith, and his siblings, Caroline and David.

A celebration of his life took place on April 12, 2014, at Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Ky.


Thomas J. Wilke (Dec. 9, 1941--August 8, 2014)

Thomas J. Wilke

Thomas Wilke graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in landscape architecture. He started his landscape career with Flad Architects and began his partnership with McKay Nursery in 1967. Tom loved helping people create beautiful yards, and often continued working with them for many years and developing wonderful friendships. Tom also started his own landscape construction company and was proud that his family joined him in this endeavor, especially his son, Joe. His three grandsons are sometimes found on the planting crew while daughter, Molly and granddaughter, Emily, fit into the office routine when needed. Tom married Susan Deters in 1966. After helping raise their two children, she worked full time in his office and claimed the title of CEO.


Norma Eleanor Williams (Dec. 13, 1944--March 19, 2014)

Norma Eleanor Williams started a landscape architectural firm that specialized in historic preservation. One of her projects was the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's house in Cambridge, Mass. (pictured). She was a founding member of the Connecticut Olmsted Heritage Alliance and served as its first president.
Photo: Stephen Kelly

Norma Eleanor Williams of Ridgefield, Conn., passed away March 19, 2014, at the age of 69. Williams was born Dec. 13, 1944, in Manchester, Conn., and grew up in South Windsor. She graduated from the MacDuffie School in Springfield, Mass., and received a B.A. from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland in 1967. She worked for IBM in New York until 1983 and held technical and management positions in information systems and internal audit. She left IBM in 1983 to enroll in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where she received a master's degree in landscape architecture in 1986.

She moved back to Connecticut, and held professional licenses in Connecticut and New York, working for several firms before starting her own practice that specialized in historic preservation. She worked on large-scale restoration and preservation projects at the Weir Farm Historic Site in Wilton, at Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, New Jersey, and at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's house in Cambridge, Mass. Williams was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and served as president of the society's Connecticut chapter for two terms. She was a founding member of the Connecticut Olmsted Heritage Alliance, and its first president. She served as the first district officer for Connecticut in the Historic American Landscape Survey, and was named to the Governor's Council on Historic Preservation in 2011.

Williams is survived by her husband, Tom Madden; daughter, Margaret McClennan of Framingham, Mass.; two grandsons; brothers, Steven Williams of Carmel, N.Y., and Christopher Williams of Middletown; and sister, Nancy Brown of Guilford.


Stephen John Uncapher (Dec. 27, 1950--May 24, 2014)

Stephen John Uncapher

A native of Wichita Falls, Stephen received his landscape architecture degree from Texas A&M University in 1974. His love of the outdoors is evident in many parks and plazas he designed and developed for the city of San Antonio during his 32 years as a registered landscape architect. Upon retirement, he continued his profession and shared his knowledge at TBG Partners, an Austin-based landscape architecture and planning firm. His last five years were spent with the Maldonado Nursery and Landscaping, Inc. He also served as the arborist for the city of Helotes, Texas. "I will remember my 14 years working with Steve in San Antonio parks, and will always respect his love for his job and his talent in his craft of landscape architecture," wrote Scott Stover of Austin, one of many heart-felt testimonials on the funeral home's website.


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