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Golf Course Architect
Robert Muir Graves (1931 – 2003)

Robert Graves (right) coauthored Classic Golf Hole Design with Geoffrey Cornish (left).

Robert Muir Graves, 72, a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), died June 28 in Bend, Ore., after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Graves served as ASGCA president in 1974-75, and was elected a Fellow at the society's recent annual meeting in Pittsburgh.

The majority of his course work was in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Malaysia, including: the Golf Club at Quail Lodge; Lake Merced Golf and Country Club; La Purisima Golf Club and Sea Ranch Golf Club in California; Black Butte Ranch Golf Club; River's Edge Golf Club and Seventh Mountain Golf Club in Oregon; and Port Ludlow Golf Club in Washington.

A noted author and lecturer, Mr. Graves' most recent work was a 336-page hard cover book, Classic Golf Hole Design, co-authored with Geoffrey Cornish, with whom he conducted many two-day seminars on golf course architecture. In a foreword to the book, Damian Pascuzzo, a ASGCA past president, observed: "Bob and Geoff are two of the grand old men of the design fraternity. After several years of research and the evaluation of thousands of golf holes, they have put before us their findings. After reading this book, we'll all wonder if our favorite holes fit one of the classic models. For many, reading this book will be the beginning of a wonderful journey of discovery."

After living and working for many years in Walnut Creek, Calif., Mr. Graves moved to a ranch in Bend, Ore.

Moment of Silence . . .
Lane Marshall, FASLA,
Former KSU Dean of Architecture
(1937 – 2003)

Lane Marshall, FASLA

Lane Marshall, dean of the Kansas State University College of Architecture and Design from July 1989 to August 1995, has passed away. Mr. Marshall was a well-respected member of the university, but resigned due to a hearing problem. He previously headed the department of landscape architecture at Texas A&M University, and taught at the University of Illinois and at Ohio State University.

Marshall, born in Rochester, New York, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida (UF) and a master's from the University of Illinois. He received the first "Distinguished Alumnus" award from the UF College of Architecture and Design.

Lane Marshall founded a landscape design firm in Sarasota, Fla., in 1961, and practiced there for 20 years. He received 20 honor and 11 merit awards from the Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for his design work.

Lane Marshall was a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the organization's national president (1978-1980), and received the ASLA "President's Medal" for outstanding contributions.

Roman Fountains Relocates

The new Roman Fountains corporate headquarters.

ALBUQUERQUE – Roman Fountains Corporation, designers and manufacturers of decorative architectural fountain products and systems, has moved into its new corporate headquarters to 8600 Paseo Alameda NE, Albuquerque, NM 87184. Their phone number is 800-794-1801 and fax is 505-343-8086.

The new 6,500 square-foot-facility includes the company's administrative, sales and marketing offices as well as production and warehouse facility, including a unique "indoor-outdoor" test pool.

"We outgrew our previous building in a matter of a few years," said president and general manager, Jon Mitovich. "As insurance against future space needs we have also purchased three additional commercial lots adjacent to our new building to allow us to add additional square footage as needed in the future.

ASTM Guide on Turfgrass Released

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – ASTM International has released a new turfgrass guide--F 2269, Standard Guide for Maintaining Warm Season Turfgrasses on Athletic Fields--providing minimum requirements for sustaining quality warm-season sports fields.

The standard offers landscape architects, sports turf managers and other stakeholders "vital information necessary to produce quality warm-season athletic fields for all ages and levels of competition for amateur to professional players," according to Steve Guise, a sports turf consultant with Guise & Associates in Fullerton, Calif.

Guise led a task group sports turf managers, consultants, agronomists, landscape architects and engineers to develop the standard.

For further information visit

Navy SEAL to Speak at GIE

Michael Anthony Janke

MARIETTA, Ga. – On Friday Nov. 7, the Green Industry Expo will welcome keynote speaker and former Navy SEAL, Michael Anthony Janke.

Janke, a commando with SEAL Team 4 for five years, was a member of the team responsible for capturing Pablo Escobar in Columbia, and has been a senior Navy SEAL instructor since 1998.

Janke's presentation, "Special Operations tactics for Daily Life," will help attendees learn about business, financial, physical and personal discipline for better performance and overall success in life.

The 12-year member of the Navy SEAL commandos blends incredible stories of combat life in the secretive world of special operations with practical techniques for improving individual and organizational performance.

GIE/2003 will be held Nov. 5-8 at the America's Center in St. Louis, MO. For more information visit

Schoor DePalma Recognized as Top 25 South Jersey Company

MANALAPAN, N.J. – Schoor DePalma, an engineering and consulting firm has been ranked as one of the Top 25 fastest growing private companies in South Jersey by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The rankings, which were compiled by Rowan University College of Business for the Philadelphia Business Journal, highlighted Schoor DePalma as being the largest company in employees and revenue on the list. Rankings were based upon corporate revenue between 2000 and 2002.

"We're honored to be recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in the South Jersey region," said Stephen DePalma, Chairman and CEO. "Our work throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York has grown substantially in the past few years, which has helped Schoor DePalma to make a name for itself, its services and its co-owners."

In 2002, Schoor DePalma employed approximately 600 co-owners and had revenues of $76.2 million.

TEA-21 Renewed

WASHINGTON – On June 26, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved The Surface Transportation Safety Reauthorization Act of 2003, to address TEA-21 reauthorization safety issues under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Committee.

The purpose of this bill is to improve travel safety on our nation's roads and waterways; strengthen federal passenger, truck, and bus safety programs; provide greater consumer protections for household goods movements; and promote the safe shipment of hazardous materials. The bill will be offered as an amendment to the underlying TEA-21 reauthorization legislation when it is considered by the full Senate. For further information visit:

Arborists to Convene

The Society of Municipal Arborists will hold its 39th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Santa Monica, Calif., October 5-9, 2003. The theme this year is "Complete Urban Forest Management."

Walt Warriner, the forester for the city of Santa Monica, is the conference chairman. "I have always believed that being a municipal arborist requires involvement at every department within a government agency," Mr. Warriner wrote in a message to SMA members about the, conference. "The arborist must be able to educate other departments about the importance of the urban forest, and the most effective way to do that is with a complete urban forest management plan."

For particulars on the meeting, contact the SMA at (706) 769-7412.



Tulare's Heritage School planted redbud and tulip trees, emerald carpet manzanita ground covering, mirror plants, Indian hawthorn shrubs, and Princess 77. All are plants recommended for low-allergy landscaping.


Three Million Dollar Project for V&S

Tamarac, Florida has awarded its street improvement contract to Miami-Dade based Vila & Son Landscaping Corp. (V&S). The three million dollar project will include planting more than 500 trees and 43,000-plus plants and shrubs, and irrigation and hardscape work. V&S has also contracted to landscape an 86-acre site at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Michigan Student Receives Award
for Light Pollution Project

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, high school junior, Austin Hammer's Eagle Scout project won first place prize in the 10-12 grade category of the George and Edythe Taylor student award program of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Projects nominated for the award were judged on social impact, quality, accuracy, creativity, and effectiveness in investigation and communication.

Austin raised funds to purchase and install shades on unshielded mercury vapor lamps, and made presentations to numerous local groups, including zoning boards, and gave "light tours" to show the effects of light pollution in local areas.

Austin said he learned something about politics and how to lead people. He noted that Mt. Pleasant, Union and Deerfield Townships, Isabella County, and Central Michigan University have pledged to make changes in their lighting policies.

Infected Plant Strain
at Oregon Nursery Deemed Isolated Incident

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University's Botany and Plant Pathology program have announced the results of lab tests of infected plant material (Phytophthora ramorum) found at a nursery in Gresham, Oregon: The strain is identical to a type found in Europe. The evidence suggests this is an isolated incident, and did not result from the uncontrolled spread of the pathogen from California.

"The finding effectively rules out the possibility the pathogen spread by natural means from California," asserted John Aguirre, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurserymen.

How the European pathogen made its way to a nursery in Gresham is unknown.

ANLA Members Testify in House Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. – American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) members, John C. Watkins, Virginia state senator and president of Watkins Nursery, in Midlothian, Va., and Bob Carden, president of Carden & Sprott Insurance Inc., in Winter Haven, Fla., testified before the House of Representatives' Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management on July 10. Both Sen. Watkins and Carden highlighted the need for changes to USDA's crop insurance program as it applies to the nursery industry. Watkins testified on behalf of ANLA.

A major focus of their testimony was the need in the nursery industry for an efficient, affordable and sustainable crop insurance program. The ANLA believes the crop insurance program falls short of adequately addressing the diversity and unique situations presented in an industry that grows thousands of varieties in every state, using an array of production systems and technologies.

Communities Develop Hazard Plans in Response to Federal Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a new federal grant program and incentives to develop hazard mitigation plans, hundreds of communities coast to coast are preparing plans to reduce their risks and potential losses from natural catastrophes, the American Planning Association (APA) finds.

"The federal government's pre-disaster mitigation program is leading many communities to recognize the value good planning plays in keeping development and people out of nature's way," said Paul Farmer, APA executive director. "In order for communities to be safe and sustainable, they also must be disaster resistant."

Some 1,200 local pre-disaster mitigation plans are now being reviewed by the 10 regional offices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but the number is expected to increase as more communities complete and submit the plans for approval.

Since May, FEMA has issued nearly $10 million to 26 states and one territory to assist local jurisdictions in developing multi-hazard mitigation plans. The deadline for applying for $150 million in pre-disaster planning grants appropriated by Congress for FY2003 is October 6. Congress also approved funds for FY2003 that allow communities to do post-disaster planning.

John Deere Landscapes
Opens First Colorado Branch

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – John Deere Landscapes recently announced the opening of a new facility in Englewood, approximately 10 miles south of Denver. The branch will feature an extensive inventory of landscape and irrigation equipment, including: sprinklers, valves, controllers, low-voltage lighting products, pumps and fountains, and more.

"The opening of the Englewood location is significant because it marks our expansion into Colorado, and it presents new opportunities to bring the full range of John Deere Landscapes products and services to local contractors," said Mark Nattinger, senior vice president.

Positive Employment Outlook

"Employment of landscape architects is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2010. ... Anticipated growth in residential, commercial, and heavy construction; continued emphasis on preservation and restoration of wetlands; and growth in landscape ecology, the use of techniques from landscape architecture to address environmental problems."

"Implementation of the Transportation Equity Act is expected to spur employment for landscape architects, particularly in state and local governments." Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Holophane Hosts
Roadway Lighting Seminar

NEWARK, Ohio – Holophane will host a three-day "Advanced Roadway Lighting" seminar, September 21 through September 24. The session will be held at the company's Light and Vision center in Newark, Ohio.

Targeted to roadway lighting designers, department of transportation engineers, engineering consultants and others involved with specifying roadway and high mast lighting, the seminar will explore roadway lighting fundamentals, concepts and designs at various levels.

For more information visit the Holophane website at

Publish Ride Safety Material

ALEXANDRIA, Va. & ITASCA, Ill. – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced the publication of information and statistics on U.S. fixed-site amusement ride safety. The information is published in the June-July issue of the National Safety Council (NSC) publication Injury Insights.

Included in the publication are initial injury data from IAAPA's nationwide incident reporting system, summaries of recent scientific studies focusing on industry safety, and a discussion of how design practices are helping the industry to produce safer recreational activities. To view the report visit:



The longest street in the world is Yonge Street, which follows alongside Highway 11 in Canada. The road winds 1,178 miles through Ontario, or the distance from San Diego, California to Seattle, Washington. Long before the road was paved, it was used as a trail from the Toronto Lakeshore to Rainy River by the Huron Indians.

Mountain Shines Red, White & Blue

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, N.Y. – There were more than typical fireworks in the sky on July 4, as the mountain behind Nellis Air Force Base came alive in a red, white and blue lighting display welcoming back American soldiers from Iraq.

Light America, the company that produced the New York City "Tribute In Light" for the World Trade Center, was commissioned to create a larger than life "Tribute To The Troops" display as part of the Nellis Air Force Base July 4th celebration.

Osram Sylvania donated the OSRAM XBO Xenon lamps used to create the effect. Osram Sylvania supplied the specialized 7,000 watt lamps needed to produce the over 400,000 watts of power necessary to create an immense amount of focused light.


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