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Moment of Silence--Marvin Adleman, FASLA
Cornell Professor Emeritus


Marvin Adleman, professor emeritus of landscape architecture at Cornell University, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on June 21 at age 84 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Mr. Adleman had a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

A native of Philadelphia, Adleman attended Delaware Valley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He spent 36 years as professor of landscape architecture at Cornell, where he built the landscape architecture program and headed the department for most of his tenure until his retirement in 2008.

Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, Adleman worked at Sasaki and Associates in Boston, then started his own landscape architecture practice in Philadelphia. In 1992, Adleman was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and in 2004 received the ASLA's Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal.

Adleman's designs included the Ithaca, N.Y. Commons in 1974, a pedestrian mall in the downtown; the arboretum at the Cornell Botanic Gardens, recently named the top university arboretum in the country by Best College Reviews; the Laboratory of Ornithology Bird Garden; the garden at Cayuga Medical Center; Ithaca's Cass Park children's spray pool; plus the redesign of outdoor spaces at central New York schools and college campuses.

Prof. Peter Trowbridge, chairman of the Cornell Department of Landscape Architecture, called Adleman a "consummate educator" esteemed by many for his knowledge and for his kindness.

Mr. Adleman is survived by his wife, Susan (nee Plaut). The couple were married for 51 years, had three children and four grandchildren.

Sources: Ithaca Journal and the Cornell Chronicle

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