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Roy Harvey DeBoer, FASLA, LLA

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


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.

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