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In Remembrance

Memorial to the Landscape Architects Lost to the Profession in 2012

Stuart David Appel, FASLA
(1954 -- Sept. 20, 2012)

Stuart Appel, principal and president of Wells Appel in Philadelphia, died Sept. 20 of a heart attack while biking in Maryland. He joined the firm in 1982 after receiving bachelor's degrees in landscape architecture and environmental science at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, and an MBA from La Salle University. Wells Appel has done a great deal of important work in the greater Philadelphia area, including Longwood Gardens; the Navy Yard; Christ Church; Hunting Park master plan, Rutgers University, the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network and Fairmount Park. The firm also worked on a project at the White House.

His memorial to Sept. 11, unveiled at the Schuylkill River Trail on Sept. 11, 2012, incorporated a beam of steel recovered from the World Trade Center site positioned at an incongruous angle to symbolize, he said, the "off-kilter feelings" people experienced after the attacks.

Stuart felt a commitment to giving back through education, serving as an adjunct professor at the School of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Temple University, where he was also head of the school's senior design studio. He was the recipient of numerous professional design awards.

He was a member of ASLA, the Central Philadelphia Development Corp., PlanSmart NJ; New Jersey APPA and the Society for College and University Planning.

He devoted considerable time to the Perelman Jewish Day School, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. Last year he joined the foundation on its mission to Holocaust sites in Poland and Germany led by historian Michael Berenbaum.

Gregory Eugene Bataille
(1954 -- July 12, 2012)

Gregory Bataille, 58, of Pittstown, N.J., passed away peacefully on the evening of July 12, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. Greg was an accomplished landscape architect and the owner of Bataille Land Design of Pittstown, N.J. Among his regional awards were the 1996 Excellence in Downtown Development Award for the Millicent Fenwick Monument and Bernardsville Railroad Station Park. He received an honor award and merit award for landscape architectural design from the N.J. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

A graduate of Governor Livingston Regional High School in 1971, Greg excelled in cross-country and track. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University in 1975.

In addition to his passion for landscape architecture, Greg loved sports and enjoyed playing golf, softball, and other competitive and recreational sports. Greg was the beloved father of two daughters.

David Noel Carlson
(Feb. 5, 1938 -- Aug. 2, 2012)

David Carlson, 74, of Peoria, Ill. passed on Aug. 2, 2012. He was born in Janesville, Wis. and grew up working in the family business, Fairview Garden Center. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and worked as a landscape architect for Fairview, the city of Chicago, Franz Lipp and Associates, Peoria Park District, GreenView Nursery and State Farm in Bloomington, Ill. He formed David N. Carlson and Associates and Carlson Studios with his son, Scott. He was a registered landscape architect and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Contemporary Arts Center. David enjoyed designing, sculpting, painting and writing.

James R. Cothran, FASLA
(April 29, 1940 -- Jan. 29, 2012)

James R. Cothran, 71, of Atlanta passed away peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side. A landscape architect, horticulturalist, urban planner, garden historian, preservationist, author, educator, civic leader, businessman and mentor, Jim was born in Greenwood, South Carolina and earned a BS in ornamental horticulture from Clemson in 1962. After a stint as a first lieutenant in the U.S Army, Jim received an MLA from the University of Georgia in 1969, followed by an MS in city planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jim became an RLA in Georgia in 1971. He worked for HUD In Atlanta, then joined the planning and design firm of Robert and Co., where he became a vice-president and would remain for 42 years. His projects included Zoo Atlanta; Olympic master plan update for Stone Mountain Park; numerous downtown revitalization and streetscape plans across Georgia; and planning for military bases, schools and other institutions. In recent years, Jim focused on historic landscape preservation, notably the development of the Georgia Townscape Conservation program, funded through a grant Jim helped write.

Mark DeVries
(December 3, 1927 -- October 22, 2012)

Mark DeVries, age 84, a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away at his home. Mark was a graduate of MSU in 1949 and had a love and passion for his work as a landscape architect. The evidence of his talents are featured throughout the city of Grand Rapids and the surrounding environs. He was especially proud of his golf course designs, having designed over 20 golf courses throughout Michigan, including his last one, Boulder Creek.

John Frank Drozd Jr.
(Aug. 22, 1927 -- Aug. 2, 2012)

John Frank Drozd Jr., a native Texan born in Waco, passed away in New Taiton, Texas at the age of 84. John worked as a florist and landscape architect. He and his wife, Hattie, owned Floral Gardens for 43 years.

He earned a BS in landscape architecture from Texas A&M, was a member of the Texas A&M Fightin' Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets and served in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a Wharton County commissioner for eight years, a Boy Scout leader, and a member of the Rotary Club (for 60 years), the American Legion, the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and a trustee for the Texas Czech Heritage Society. He also served as finance board member and Eucharistic minister for St. John Catholic Church.

Donald ''Jerry'' Jerome Hunter
(1928 -- September 28, 2012)

Donald "Jerry" Hunter, owner of Rancho Soledad Nurseries in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (north San Diego County), died peacefully at the age of 84 surrounded by family and friends.

His parents owned San Diego's Rosecroft Gardens. He earned a BS degree in ornamental horticulture from UCLA (1950), then served as an infantryman in Korea. He founded Mt. Soledad Nursery in 1954, added 25 acres in rural Rancho Santa Fe (Rancho Soledad) in 1960, and 20 acres in Hilo, Hawaii in 1980.

Jerry was the 33rd licensed landscape architect in California. His mentors were Roland Hoyt and Morgan "Bill" Evans. One highlight of his career was a visit with Roberto Burle Marx at his home in Brazil.

Rancho Soledad was among the first nurseries to build an in-house tissue culture lab to clone promising plants. He employed a PhD horticultural researcher as early as the 1980s, and was the first to send Rhapis excelsa palms and Dracaena marginata from Hawaii to the mainland. He was also a leader in the Xeriscape movement.

His designs are found at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park; Balboa Botanical Gardens; Catamaran/Bahia; Lake San Marcos; and a host of other public and private venues.

Lawrence Murray Linnard
(Feb. 27, 1931 -- Sept. 26, 2012)

Lawrence Linnard, 81, of Clifton Park, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by all four of his children in his daughter Deborah's home in Orlando, Fla.

One of Larry's proudest achievements was earning his wings as a U.S. Air Force pilot.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State University, returning to civilian life in Ohio to follow in his father's footsteps as a landscape architect. He worked for the University Construction Fund in Albany, where he helped design many of the SUNY campuses.

Larry enjoyed a lifelong appreciation and love of nature, travel and outdoor adventure, including working and relaxing at ''camp,'' the mountaintop cabin that he and his father built overlooking Lake Champlain in the Adirondack Mountains.

Wolfgang Walter Oehme, FASLA
(May 18, 1930 -- Dec. 15, 2011)

Wolfgang Oehme, FASLA, passed away in Towson, Md. at the age of 81. Born in Chemnitz, Germany, he's credited with introducing prairie grasses and perennials into the American garden plant palette.

Mr. Oehme earned a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Berlin in 1954. In 1957 he fled East Germany. He settled in Baltimore, Md. and worked for landscape architect Bruce Baetjer and Baltimore County Parks and Rec before turning to designing private gardens.

Oehme and James van Sweden co-founded Oehme, van Sweden & Associates in 1975 in Washington, D.C. In addition to designing gardens, a style they called the "New American Garden," the firm did prominent public spaces like Reagan National Airport, the National World War II Memorial and Freedom Plaza.

His awards include the Robert White Medal of Honor (2002), the Landscape Design Award (American Horticultural Society, 1992) and the Distinguished Service Award (Perennial Plant Association, 1987). He coauthored Bold Romantic Gardens with van Sweden, and is the subject for author Stefan Leppert's book Ornamental Grasses, Wolfgang Oehme and the New American Garden. Oehme is also the subject of two German documentary films.

Robert Neal Shrosbree, FASLA
(June 16, 1953 -- Dec. 30, 2011)

Robert Neal Shrosbree, FASLA, a landscape architect and co-founder of the Seattle landscape architecture firm Site Workshop with Mark Brands in 2000, died Dec. 30, 2011 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 58.

Shrosbree was born in La Jolla, Calif., but grew up in Boise, Idaho. He earned a BLA from the University of Oregon in 1978. Before Site Workshop, Shrosbree was design director and principal for the Seattle office of EDAW. Prior to that, he directed the Seattle office of Murase Associates and was a senior associate at Thomas Berger Associates.

Robert had more than three decades of experience in planning, designing and managing projects in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

He was inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2011 for design excellence. His project work included the Washington State East Capitol campus, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor and the University of Washington Medical Center expansion. He believed successful project were collaborative, and that landscape architecture was integral to innovative and enduring design.

Richard A. Vignolo
(April 24, 1927 -- May 28, 2012)

Landscape architect Richard Vignolo passed away at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco following a stroke. He was 85.

Born in Stockton, Calif., he earned a BS in landscape architecture from Berkeley (1950), an MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1953) and received the Charles Eliot Fellowship for travel and study in Europe. After Harvard, he served in the Army with the 30th Engineers Topographical Group in California and Alaska until 1955, then went to work full-time for Lawrence Halprin's firm on such projects as Oakbrook, Illinois' Old Orchard Shopping Center, Akron's Cascade Plaza and Nicollett Mall in Minneapolis. Vignolo became as associate at the firm in 1957, and a design principal and vice president in 1964.

In October 1972 he established his own practice. He was an RLA in California, Washington and Texas. Notable projects were the Loggia of the Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco; North Park Shopping Center expansion, National Bank in Dallas; the Broadway Mall in Fargo; San Francisco Zoo's Primate, Elk, and Wolf Exhibits; and the roof garden at Weyerhaeuser headquarters in Tacoma. Vignolo was also a design consultant for the residential landscapes of architects Edward Charles Bassett, Walter Wisznia, and John Vrtiak.

Christopher J. Wall
(Jan. 22, 1962 -- Sept. 11, 2012)

Christopher J. Wall, 50, passed away at home surrounded by his family. Born in Worcester, Mass., Chris worked as a landscape architect and had been employed at Berkshire Design of Northampton. Chris earned a Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Masters degree from the University of Idaho, and his Bachelors and Masters of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University.

Prior to settling in Florence, Mass., Chris worked in three national parks: Glacier, Sequoia, and Mesa Verde. A devoted father he was also active in the Northampton Boys Youth Lacrosse League.

Thomas Henry Wallis Jr., FASLA
(April 24, 1931-- June 26, 2012)

On the passing of Thomas Henry Wallis Jr., FASLA at the age of 81, the Orlando Sentinel noted, "His vision is now part of many iconic central Florida landscapes. Thomas Henry Wallis Jr.

Thomas was born in Ocala, Fla. He received a B.A. in architecture from the University of Florida in 1954, then decided he preferred designing landscapes instead of buildings. He received a B.S. in landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1959, and then served as a lieutenant in the Army.

He practiced landscape architecture for 43 years and was a founding partner of Wallis Baker Associates, P.A. in Winter Park. His contemporaries considered him one of Florida's preeminent landscape architects. Notable design projects include the Leu Gardens, Orlando International Airport, Phase I, Orange County Convention Center, Florida Mall and Appleton Museum & Cultural Center in Ocala.

Bill Baker, Wallis' business partner for more than four decades, described him as "a gentleman, an extremely skillful designer and a wonderful plantsman." The two men donated hand-drawn landscape-design plans valued at more than $600,000 to the University of Florida. He retired at the age of 70.

Hermann Wilfried Weis
(Feb. 2, 1937 -- Jan. 23, 2012)

Landscape architect Hermann Wilfried Weis, age 74, died in Atlanta from complications of prostate cancer. Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, he earned a landscape architecture degree in 1962 from the Lehr- und Forschungsanstalt in Berlin-Dahlem and launched his career in Berlin and Stuttgart. He brought his family to Boston in 1969 to join the design firm of Sasaki, Dawson, DeMay. As head of the Munich office of landscape architects Hans Luz and Wolfgang Miller, Weis and his team designed the landscape and training fields for the Central Sports University and the Olympic Village for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. A few years later, working for George Beardsley and Associates, he helped design the Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Colorado.

Weis became an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Georgia in 1973, and also taught at the University of Oklahoma. In 1979, he moved to Atlanta to establish a private landscape practice.

Weis thrived on creating beauty gardens and landscapes, designs neither conventional nor symmetrical.

Weis was a member of the ASLA, the Georgia Native Plant Society and the Georgia Perennial Plant Association, where he previously served on the board of directors. He was also an avid photographer.

Ken Wood

Ken Wood, 72, lost his battle with cancer while living with his wife Kristin at their winter home on the West Coast of France. Born in Pasadena, Calif. in 1939, he received his BLA (1962) and MA in urban planning (1977) from UCI. He worked for Eckbo, Dean and Williams (later EDAW), and then became a partner with Frederick Lang of Laguna Beach, Calif., forming Lang and Wood AILA/ASLA in 1968. He started Kenneth Wood Associates ALSA in 1983; in 1989 her merged his creative forces with RJM Design Group. In 1982 he received the Cal Poly Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Environmental Design for contributions to his profession, service to the community and commitment to the university and higher education. He was also president of the Southern California ASLA Chapter in 1987.

Ken's notable projects included Casa Pacifica (Western Whitehouse); UCI; Santa Ana College; Main Beach Park, Laguna Beach; and Dana Point Harbor. He also worked on designs for transportation projects in Norway, and was an accomplished artist, exhibiting pencil drawings and watercolor paintings in the U.S. and Europe.

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