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In Remembrance - Memorial to the Landscape Architects Lost to the Profession in 2013


Grady Clay

Grady Clay (Nov. 5, 1916 - March 17, 2013) Executive Editor, ASLA's Landscape Architecture Magazine (1960 to Jan. 1984)
Grady Clay, 96, a journalist, author and a leading national authority on urban design, wrote for The Courier-Journal and edited Landscape Architecture Quarterly. During WWII, he was the assistant officer-in-charge of the European edition of Yank. He worked for a time at the Urban Journalism Center at Northwestern University, was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1947, a research associate to the joint Center for Urban Studies sponsored by Harvard and MIT.

ASLA honored Clay with the Olmstead Medal (1999), named his an Honorary Membership (2006) and awarded him the Bradford Williams Medal (2006).

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Jon Crose, FASLA

Jon Crose, FASLA (Jan. 1, 1934-July 30, 2013) Chaired the Committee to Establish Landscape Architecture Licensure Law in Iowa
Jon Crose began his career working for the Iowa State Conservation Commission. In 1965, he launched Jon Crose and Associates. Rich Gardner joined Jon in 1969, and in 1972 the firm was renamed Crose Gardner and Associates. Jesse Lewis joined the two in 1973 as an intern and never left, becoming a partner in 1990. The business eventually became part of RDG Planning and Design, and grew to include offices in Des Moines, Ames and Omaha. His design legacy includes the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo and Grays Lake Park.

Jon taught classes at Iowa State University, served on several boards, including the Anawim Housing Board, the Landscape Architecture Registration Board and held every officer position within the Iowa Chapter of ALSA.

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Richard Eribes

Richard Eribes (June 11, 1942-Sept. 7, 2013) Dean Emeritus, College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona

Eribes served as dean of the UNM School of Architecture & Planning from 1993-1997, then as dean of the University of Arizona's College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (1997-2005). He returned to the University of Arizona faculty as assistant vice president for campus and facilities planning, where he directed the development of the most recent comprehensive campus plan. He fully retired from the university in 2009.

As dean at UA, Eribes reorganized the then College of Architecture into a multidisciplinary academic unit, and helped raise support and funding for an expansion to the building that united the schools of the college. The award winning facility was by Jones Studio and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects. Fundraising for endowments and scholarships was also a characteristic of his deanship.

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James Fondren

James Fondren (1934--Feb. 3, 2013) Tulane University's Resident Landscape Architect

The Times-Picayune reports that landscape architect James Fondren passed away Feb. 3, 2013, of complications from kidney failure and cancer at River Region Hospice in River Ridge, Louisiana. He was 79.

Mr. Fondren lived in the New Orleans area nearly a half-century. He founded his landscape architectural firm in 1961, and became Tulane University's resident landscape architect, directing a staff of architects and engineers, was appointed the assistant director of the physical plant for facility planning and construction and taught landscape architecture.

He prepared a preliminary master plan for Tulane University that served as the guide for additions to the uptown campus in the 1980s and 1990s. His landscape architect projects ranged from Metairie's Lafreniere Park, to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

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Judy Harmon

Judy Harmon (Jan. 1, 1945-January 10, 2013) Landscape Architect Known for her Artistic Sense of Design

Judy Harmon's path to landscape architecture was circuitous. She earned an art education degree at UNC; studied interior design at American University; taught elementary school in Maryland; worked for Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC; then taught at London's American School, where she built her first garden in Islington, England, in 1976. Harmon earned an MLA from NC State University's College of Design in 1992. She opened her office, Judy Harmon Landscape Architect, in 1996, designing residential gardens in Virginia and the Carolinas. Nonresidential projects included Millbrook Baptist Church, Farmville United Methodist Church, the North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, N.C., and Falconridge in Chapel Hill. Harmon also served on Trees Across Raleigh's Board of Directors and the Board of the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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John Hopkins

John Hopkins (Dec. 6, 1953-Jan. 21, 2013) Landscape Architect Responsible for London's Olympic Park, and Campaigner for Sustainability

John Hopkins championed the role of landscape in ecological infrastructure, arguing for its place at the heart of every development. Hopkins moved from private practice to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in 2007. As project director for parklands and public realm, he led the transformation of 200 hectares of poisoned, post-industrial London land into a model ecological park. He was also key to the continuing Thames Gateway parklands project. "He thought of landscape as a working tool," said former ODA colleague Phil Askew. "The Olympic Park was not just there to look nice. It had to work on the levels of ecology and biodiversity, tackling the urban heat island effect and providing drainage. It had to be a multilayered working landscape."

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Michael Hough

Michael Hough (1928-Jan. 25, 2013) Founded the University of Toronto's Landscape Architecture Program in 1965
Michael Hough, a Toronto-based landscape architect known for his work in the firm he founded (now known as ENVision-The Hough Group Limited), his university teaching, consulting work and authorship, transformed landscape architecture in Canada. Hough headed the University of Toronto's landscape architecture program and became a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Torontonians know Hough as the author of Bringing Back the Don (1991), an initiative to clean up the Don River watershed, which won a Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence. The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects honored him in 2009 with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Caroline Loughlin

Caroline Loughlin (1941-Oct. 7, 2013), Mount Auburn Cemetery Trustee, Award-Winning Landscape Preservationist
Caroline Loughlin volunteered at the St. Louis Zoo for 28 years, worked on two master plans for Forest Park in St. Louis, coauthored a definitive history of the park and was a founder and president of Forest Park Forever. Mrs. Loughlin volunteered at Cambridge's historic Mount Auburn Cemetery and became a cemetery trustee in 2010. She was on the board of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and volunteered at Fairsted in Brookline, Mass., now the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site of the National Park Service. Mrs. Loughlin was a National Association for Olmsted Parks board member and received the group's first Caroline Loughlin Volunteer Service Award.

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Robert Dean Miner

Robert Dean Miner (Aug. 18, 1946-Sep. 23, 2013) Landscape Architect
Robert Dean Miner received a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. He worked as a landscape architect prior to joining his father at Miner Construction for 18 years. In 1994, he moved with his family to Tucson, opening the Jeremiah Inn with his wife Beth in 1995. He served as elder at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian church in Tucson.

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Paul Procopio, FASLA

Paul Procopio, FASLA (Jan. 24, 1919-May 12, 2013) Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
Paul Procopio graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1941 with a B.A. in landscape architecture, then earned an MS in horticulture in 1954. For 36 years, Procopio was a professor of landscape design at the University of Massachusetts, retiring as associate head of the department in 1983. Born in Brockton, he graduated from the University in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture. During World War II, he was a civilian camouflage designer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Jonathan Seymour

Jonathan Seymour (1919-Jan. 29, 2013) Made an Impact on the South Florida Landscape
As an LA for Coral Gables, Fla., Jonathan Seymour helped transform the city from 1950 to 1956, designing the Alhambra Circle entrance and street plantings, plus introducing wide sidewalks and ground covers to the Miracle Mile. He opened an office in Miami in 1956, designing commercial properties (Country Club of Miami, University of Miami Student Union, Dade County Jail and Criminal Courts Building), and residential projects for the DuPont and Wackenhut families. Beginning in the 1960s, he designed free-form swimming pools with natural elements. He often designed in the English garden style, but liked to include "elements of surprise."

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James van Sweden, FASLA

James van Sweden, FASLA (Feb. 5, 1935-Sept. 20, 2013) Landscape Architect and Innovative Garden Designer
James van Sweden was a prolific garden writer and lecturer. He founded Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architecture with Wolfgang Oehme in 1977, creating the "New American Garden" to "free plants from forced and artificial forms." They highlighted meadows, layered masses of foliage, native grasses, perennials and complementary hardscapes. Their work can be seen in D.C. at the Treasury Building; National Gallery of Art; the National Arboretum; the Federal Reserve Building; World War II Memorial; National Airport; Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial; and Francis Scott Key Park. Their work is present in NYC at Battery Park City, Hudson River Park and in Minneapolis.

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Charles Elmer Wood

Charles Elmer Wood (May 12, 1933-Sept. 14, 2013) Landscape Architect and Farmer
Charles Wood earned a BLA from Iowa State U. in 1958, an MLA from Harvard under Hideo Sasaki and founded Charles Wood & Associates in Minneapolis in the early '60s with Ralph Rapson. He taught landscape architecture at the U. of Minnesota (UM) before moving his family to a farm near New Prague, Minn., in 1972. He worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill on the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in 1976, and with Leonard Parker Associates in the 1990s on the Minneapolis Convention Center and the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. He developed the Macalester College master plan and many projects at UM.

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