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Moment of Silence:
Philip Howard "Phil" Lewis Jr.

Sept. 4, 1925 - July 2, 2017


Philip Howard "Phil" Lewis Jr. was chair of the department of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1964-1972.
Credit: Andrew Lewis, Creative Commons

Philip Howard "Phil" Lewis Jr. passed away on July 2, 2017 at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Thompson, and is survived by their three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

After concluding his service with the Air Corps in 1946, Lewis enrolled in the University of Illinois and earned his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture in 1950. He interned with the National Parks Service and wrote his thesis on the Everglades Inventory and Development Study. For his work he was awarded a Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship in Landscape Architecture, which allowed him to tour Europe for a year with his wife, whom he married in 1953.

From 1953 to 1963, Lewis worked for the University of Illinois Bureau of Community Planning, including a term as the director of the Recreation and Open Space Study of Illinois, where he identified environmental corridors and landscape personalities that then guided planning efforts.

From 1963 to 1965, he served as the director of the State of Wisconsin Recreation Resource, Research and Design, Department of Resource Development doing similar work as he did in Illinois to guide planning decisions and public land purchases.

At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Lewis became the founder and director of the Environmental Awareness Center (EAC), part of the School of Natural Resources and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He had joint appointments with the Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Lewis also served as chair of the UW Landscape Architecture Department from 1964 to 1972 and taught undergraduate and graduate design courses until 1995. Shortly before his retirement he served as the Jens Jensen Professor of Landscape Architecture.

He was awarded the ASLA Medal in 1987, a lifetime achievement award from ASLA Wisconsin in 2009, and was recognized with a fellowship in the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture in 2014.

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