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In Remembrance
Memorial to the Landscape Architects Lost to the Profession in 2015

Jerry Lee Bailey

Jerry Lee Bailey (April 15, 1942 - April 5, 2015)
Jerry Bailey, of Minnetonka, Minn., passed away from cardiac arrest while vacationing in Florida, 10 days before his 73rd birthday. Three years previously, he'd celebrated his 70th birthday by parachuting from 10,000 feet, his eighth and highest jump. A GoPro on his helmet documented the jump.

Jerry was born in Fairmont, Minn., a little more than four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. His father served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. During the war his family stayed with his mother's parents in Iowa, briefly relocating to California when Jerry was in fourth grade, then returned to Humboldt, Iowa when his grandfather passed away.

As a kid Jerry enjoyed the Minnesota outdoors, hiking, fishing and ice skating on area lakes. He and brother Ron shared a paper route when they lived in Iowa.

Jerry studied landscape architecture at Iowa State University, competed in diving and joining ROTC. After graduation, he served as a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam. He built airfields and applied his knowledge from his landscape architecture degree as much as possible. At one point he was assigned to design a large nondenominational chapel.

Jerry received the U.S. Army Legion of Merit award and a Bronze Star for "consistently surpassing the highest of expectations through his willingness to sacrifice himself to serve with devotion and excellence." After Vietnam, he returning to Minnesota in the late 1960s, and founded Bailey & Associates in Minnetonka. With a staff of 12, the consulting firm provided land planning and urban design services. He then opened Arteka Corp., with his brother Ron. Arteka built the projects that Bailey & Associates designed. The brothers were in business together for 21 years, and at one point employed nine landscape architects. Jerry Bailey worked on more than 2,000 projects, and received many professional accolades. The culmination of his career was the SkyRidge Business Center & Nature Preserve project on Baker Road in Minnetonka. He created a number of granite sculptures on the 17-acre site, including "Jerry Stonehenge" and "Ring the Fire."

Jerry is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Jo, daughters Kristin and Erin, brothers Ron and Denis, sister Marlys Bayse, five grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.


Matthew Duane Barry

Matthew Duane Barry (1955 - January 7, 2015)
Matthew Duane Barry, of Southport, Conn. passed away unexpectedly following surgery on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. He was 60.

A graduate of Fairfield Country Day School, Phillips Academy Andover, Princeton University class of '78, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Matthew practiced for more than 30 years as a landscape architect based in Greenwich.

Matthew was inspired by beauty in nature. It was this passion that drove his life and work. He was devoted to designing landscapes with balance, rhythm and scale, designs that didn't necessarily follow the "rules" and preconceptions. He was described as having an infectious intensity and exuberance for life. Matthew was a proud alumnus of Andover and Princeton, returning frequently to class reunions. He traveled extensively to nourish his interests in architecture and gardens designed by the world's masters. He also did design work abroad, most notably in Greece.

He was close to his family, particularly his mother, Rosemary Quinn, who passed away in 2012. Matthew is survived by his father, John Barry Jr., and eight brothers and sisters: Morgan, John Barry III, Christopher, Charlotte, Rosemary, Michael, Polly, Maura and Deirdre, plus 24 nieces and nephews.


David H. Bennett

David H. Bennett (1957 - May 11, 2015)
Landscape architect David H. Bennett, an associate principal with AECOM in Arlington, Va., since 1997 passed away at his home in Washington, D.C., from cardiac arrest on May 11, 2015. He was 58. The son of Virginia and John Bennett, he was born in Long Island but moved to Baltimore and grew up in Roland Park. His interest in landscape design came early. He liked to draw and earned extra money working in neighbors' gardeners.

He earned a degree in architecture and landscape architecture from Cornell University in 1979, and received his MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1983.

Before coming to AECOM he worked in Baltimore with Smith Kirwin Landscape Architects, Edmunds & Hyde, and Cochran Stephenson & Donkervoet, then moved to Washington to work at HOK, Keyes Condon Florance, and HOH.

He worked on nearly two dozen significant cultural and historic landscapes and design plans. His first, beginning in 1985, was guiding the landscape restoration of The Mount, the historic estate and gardens of novelist Edith Wharton in western Massachusetts. He was a trustee and founding chairman of the gardens and grounds committee. He continued to oversee the work until his death. Other historic landscape works were the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va., and the Petra Archaeological Sanctuary in Jordan. His campus landscape projects included master plans for American, Georgetown, Cornell and the Johns Hopkins universities, and the NASA Langley Research Center's New Town.

Mr. Bennett also worked with the downtown D.C. business improvement district to create a safer and more vibrant environment. He developed landscape plans for the Social Security Administration headquarters and a mixed-use development between the Anacostia River and historic Anacostia neighborhoods in Washington.

Abroad, Mr. Bennett developed the master landscape plan for a diplomatic academy in Azerbaijan, and participated in the design and planning of seven U.S embassies and consulates, including those in Kabul, Istanbul, Algiers and Sofia.

He led 25 projects in Asia, and lived in Hong Kong for three years beginning in 2002. He was project manager for Hong Kong Disneyland in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, creating a recreational area that included access roads, a visitor car and tour bus arrival area, a gateway arch, roundabouts and fountains.

Mr. Bennett traveled extensively for leisure. His favorite place was Italy; his favorite city was Rome.

In addition to his parents, Bennett is survived by his brother, S. Woods Bennett, two sisters, Jane and Frances, and three nieces and a nephew.


Mike Fulford

Mike Fulford (Sept. 20, 1953 - Sept. 22, 2015)
Mike Fulford, who served as a landscape architect for the city of Pleasanton, Calif., for 30 years passed away Sept. 22, 2015, two days after his 62nd birthday.

Mike graduated from Grace M. Davis High School in Modesto, attended Modesto Junior College and received his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He joined the Pleasanton city staff on Sept. 23, 1985 as a landscape designer/inspector, and was promoted to landscape architect on October 3, 1988. He retired from the position in June 2012, but returned to the job earlier this year, however, his battle with brain cancer prevented him from continuing to work.

City manager Nelson Fialho told the Pleasanton Weekly that Mike's contributions to the city of Pleasanton were visible in every park and on every street. "He surely remains with us in all the beauty he created throughout the city," he added.

Mike contributed to the design of downtown Pleasanton and the city's public arts program. Other projects included the Firehouse Arts Center, Ken Mercer Sports Park, Alviso Adobe Community Park, Bernal Community Park and a significant portion of the city's 44 parks.

Mike was characterized as a loving and much loved, devoted, crazily entertaining father. He grew up playing tennis at the Modesto Racquet Club, and in college became an avid hang glider and surfer. He was a motorcycle enthusiast, and loved to sail, maintaining two wooden boats for outings on San Francisco Bay.

Mike is survived by his companion, Sally Madrid, daughters Emma, Hannah and their mother, Gail Fulford; his parents, Joe and Shirley; sisters Jan, Vicki, Kelly; brothers David and Eric; nieces, nephews and grand children; and Sally's children, Alexis and Peter.

The city of Pleasenton ordered its flag to fly at half-staff for one day in recognition of Mike passing and his contributions to the city.


Roy V. McCready

Roy V. McCready (Oct. 15, 1928 - Aug. 9, 2015)
Roy V. McCready, a longtime landscape architect for Erie County passed away at his home in Buffalo, New York. He was 86.

Born in Tonawanda, Roy graduated from the Buffalo Technical High School with a major in building design and construction in 1945, then earned a degree from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University in landscaping architecture.

Roy served in the Navy from 1953 to 1956 as a flight officer and air intelligence and squadron maintenance officer.

He became a registered landscape architect in New York in 1961. He worked as a regional landscape architect for the New York State DOT (1956-1988). During those 32 years he performed environmental studies, prepared assessments and designed mitigation measures for environmental impacts, in addition to construction inspection. He served as the project manager for construction of the Niawanda Park in Tonawanda from 1969 to 1971, and aided in designing athletics facilities for the Erie Community College South Campus in 1973.

He was the past president of the New York State Transportation Engineers Association, and was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 1975, he received the Burton Hughes award for the outstanding Department of Transportation employee.

He earned his commercial pilot rating and became a certified FAA flight instructor in 1972. He was a longtime member of Masonic Lodge 427 in Akron. His wife Joanna recalls his building a kayak with a friend a number of years ago and boating down the Hudson River to New York City.

He is survived by his wife Joanna Manley of 62 years, three daughters, Bonnie, Sandy and Mary Jo, and four grandchildren.


Debra Mitchell, FASLA

Debra Mitchell, FASLA (1949-April 5, 2015)
Debra Mitchell, FASLA, passed away in Dallas on April 5, 2015 after a brief illness.

Debra had a distinguished 40-year career in landscape architecture. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Kansas, then an MLA from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 1975. After graduating, she relocated to San Francisco and began her landscape architecture career with Michael Painter Associates. Three years later she joined Lawrence Halprin & Associates/CHNMB, and four years later helped open the Dallas office of CHNMB and served as president. CHNMB later became Amphion.

Debra joined SmithGroupJJR in 1989, where she served as a senior vice president and national design leader. Her specialties were green infrastructure, park planning, public and government facilities, sustainable design and urban design. One of her first high-profile projects with the firm was the Sears, Roebuck and Co. Merchandise Group Headquarters in Chicago, for which she received national recognition. SmithGroupJJR notes that among her other noteworthy projects during her 26-year career with the firm was Chicago's Near North Development Plan, and the Northerly Island Framework Plan. She also played a leading role in the design for the National Garden at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., and for Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas.

Debra Mitchell was an ASLA Fellow (1992) and ASLA president (1992-93). She was particularly active in the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), serving on the board of directors in 1989, 1992, 1997-2007, and 2010 to the present. She was the LAF president in 2000-2001. She established the Debra Lee Mitchell Trust to benefit UIUC and the JJR/Roy Fund, which supports the work of the LAF. In her work with ASLA and LAF, Debra is credited with facilitating the transition of the profession to sustainable design practices. From 1997 to 2007, she led LAF's Land and Design Case Study Series publications, which provided a legacy of rigorous, in-depth research and critical thinking to advance planning and design development.

"Deb was an incredible person and talent," notes LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, on the LAF blog. "I say without a doubt that LAF would not be where we are now if not for Deb and her ideas, dedication and commitment...We will especially miss Deb's keen wit and her infectious laugh."


Max Norman

Max Norman (1974 - Jan. 31, 2015)
The BBC reported landscape architect Max Norman, 41, of Ipswich, Scotland, was found dead Saturday Jan. 31, 2015 by a Torridon Mountain rescue team after an avalanche on Coireag Dubh Mor in Scotland's Western Highlands. Max's fellow climber was found while trying to walk out to get help. Norman, who grew up in Scotland, loved climbing the local hills and had become an experienced mountaineer with trips to the Alps, and Norway.

A memorial tribute to Max on Facebook by members of the firm he and his wife founded (AREA), relates that Norman studied with honors at Edinburgh College of Art/Herriot Watt University. He worked in Hong Kong, Sweden, the Netherlands and in the UK for Gross Max, Land Use Consultants and Gustafson Porter, where he was an associate. At Gustafson Porter he meet his future wife, Charlotte, also a landscape architect. He was a member of the original design team for the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, and project landscape architect for the Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut.

Norman and Charlotte moved to Suffolk in 2006 to establish AREA on Ipswich's new waterfront. Max's design flair, technical excellence and attention to detail, combined with Charlotte's expertise in research, planning and communications helped gain the firm a reputation for design excellence. Recent projects include landscape design for The Livity School for autistic children in Lambeth, South London (a 2014 Civic Trust Award winner); a new children's hospice in Barnet, North London and a design to improve the setting of a 18th Century town hall and square in the market town of Brackley, Northamptonshire.

Max and Charlotte also spent many years designing and planning their own low-energy family home, now complete. The landscape architect leaves behind three children.


Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA

Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA (1959 -- July 19, 2015)
Chicago landscape architect Peter Schaudt passed away Sunday July 19, 2015 in Villa Park, Illinois, following a heart attack. He was 56 years old.

Peter Schaudt (pronounced "Shout") grew up in Villa Park, a suburb west of Chicago. He trained as an architect first, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture in Design at University of Illinois Chicago in 1982. He received an MLA from the Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in 1984, then spent three years in Vermont as an associate with the late Daniel Kiley. Schaudt considered Kiley his mentor.

In 1991, Schaudt moving back to Chicago to found his own landscape architect firm, focusing on institutional and corporate campus work. In 2008, Schaudt's firm (about 7 people) merged with Douglas Hoerr's firm (about 35 people) to create Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, instantly becoming the largest landscape architecture firm in Chicago. Hoerr, coincidentally also started his firm in 1991, but concentrated on private and public botanical gardens. Schaudt credits Mayor Daley's advocacy for green design and open space as important to his success. Among his outdoor space designs is the 1996 landscaping of Chicago's Daley Plaza (in collaboration with DLK Architecture); landscaping for the 2005 Hyatt Center; the 2010 riverfront plaza at Trump International Hotel & Tower; the sunken lawn for the Illinois Institute of Technology campus landscape; the planted roof at the Gary Comer Youth Center (both ASLA national awards); the garden at Midway Plaisance in Washington Park; and the design of three NFL stadium landscapes.

He has collaborated with a team in Toronto for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization, served on two Chicago mayoral design committees and as a General Services Administration (GSA) national peer, part of the GSA Design Excellence Program, where he reviewed several landscape design security projects. He was also a member of the 2016 Olympic bid design committee. Schaudt designed several alternatives for the Olympic stadium.

His numerous awards and honors include the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture (1990-91), Fellowship in the American Society of Landscape Architects (2006) and the AIA Collaborative Achievement award (2011).

Peter leaves behind wife Janet Bratschun, two children, Elaine and Elliot, brothers Eric and James and Harry W. Schaudt, his father.

Peter Schaudt's design for Chicago's Soldier Field/North Burnham Park in 2003 placed the stadium's 2,500 parking spaces beneath a nine-acre green roof, and used sculpted landforms to surround the stadium with 17 acres of parkland. The green space includes a Children's Garden, a sledding hill and a view of the skyline. The project won the 2004 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Awards of Excellence in the intensive industrial/commercial category. Schaudt was elected an ASLA Fellow in 2006.
Image: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects


Charles Tapley

Charles Tapley (Aug. 18, 1931 - Sept. 21, 2015)
Charles Reilly Tapley, FAIA, a Houston architect, landscape architect, teacher and mentor passed away after a lengthy illness. He was 84.

Charles was born in New Orleans to Julie and John Tapley. The family moved to Houston when he was six. He studied architecture at Rice University (BS and BA in 1955). At Rice he met his future wife, journalist Charlotte Louise Millis Tapley, who preceded him in death in 1988.

Charles began his architecture career in the office of George Pierce-Abel B. Pierce, then transferred to Hamilton Brown's office, and finally to that of landscape architect Fred Buxton. He became a registered architect in Texas in 1960, and a registered landscape architect in 1970.

In 1960, he founded Charles Tapley & Associates, with Charles Pagan; he practiced with different associates until his retirement in 2011. Charles gained a reputation for designing light-filled spaces. His involvement in urban planning began with his firm's work on Buffalo Bayou in the early 1970s. He was committed to sustainability and environmental preservation and incorporation conservation in design. Charles was the design visionary behind the revitalization of Buffalo Bayou. In 1975 his firm designed some of the first cluster housing constructed in The Woodlands. For more on his extensive architectural designs and historical preservation projects visit

He was known for his professional generosity in mentoring several generations of Houston's most talented architects. He was also an adjunct faculty member at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston, and the School of Architecture at Rice University. In 2003, AIA Houston organized an exhibition on Charles's career: "An Exhibition of a Life Merging Architecture and Nature," and awarded Charles the chapter's Thomas Jefferson Award. Charles received the AIA Houston Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), numerous design awards from the Texas Society of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Charles is survived by two sons, Robert and Michael, and his brother John.


Bill Wehner

Bill Wehner (March 25, 1935 - June 11, 2015)
Landscape architect Bill Wehner died June 11, 2015 at the age of 80 in his home in Columbus, New Mexico.

Bill was active member of the Davenport, Iowa community for 40 years. He founded, ran and sold two successful landscape and horticulture businesses, including Aunt Rhodie's Landscape and Design in the Village of East Davenport, which is still going strong under the ownership of Todd and Mandy Wiebenga. He was president of the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association, the Village of East Davenport Association and Scott County Handicapped Development Center, and taught landscape design at Scott Community College for many years.

Bill and Mary restored and lived in a 19th century home in Davenport's historic East Village. He also served on the Davenport Historic Preservation Commission.

Bill wrote for the national horticultural trade press, the Quad-City Times, and was featured in the PBS show "About Your House." In retirement he published his first novel, "Tracking Julie Stensvahl," a thriller set in the high desert of the Southwest.

A light aircraft pilot, Bill served on the Davenport Airport Commission and cofounded and served as first president of the International Cessna 170 Association. His interest continued after retiring to the New Mexico border town of Columbus in 2003, close to one of the couple's favorite spots, the Big Bend region of Texas. Bill and Mary made their home in a small apartment built inside an airplane hangar where Bill kept his Cessna 175. In Columbus he cofounded the nonprofit First Aero Squadron Foundation, and Wings Over the Border, both dedicated to preserving Columbus' role in the birth of military aviation. He also was the founding chairman of the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission.

Bill is survived by his wife, Mary, his brothers, Bob and Jim; sister, Barb McCumber (n?e Wehner); and four children from by previous marriage to Audrey Seib: Bill, Anne, Lisa and Susan.

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