Roy H. DeBoer
, professor of landscape architecture at Rutgers University, was recently announced as winner of the first Jot D. Carpenter Memorial Prize and Medal given by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The award for landscape architecture educators was established in 2000 to honor the late Prof. Jot D. Carpenter, a long-time advocate for academic excellence and student involvement in the profession. It is the society's only award specifically established to recognize educators.
"It is difficult to imagine another individual who embodies the spirit of this award more than Prof. DeBoer," said Steven Strom, chair of the landscape architecture dept. at Rutgers. "[DeBoer's] dedication to landscape architectural education, students and the profession approaches legendary proportions, to the point that he is often referred to as the 'Father of Landscape Architecture in New Jersey'."
DeBoer has received several awards and honors recognizing his accomplishments, including the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999), the highest teaching award at Rutgers; the Outstanding Educator Award (1996), awarded nationally by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture; and a National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges regional Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award (1995). DeBoer was invested as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1992.
DeBoer has spent his 45-year teaching career at Rutgers. Beginning as an assistant instructor in 1955, he was promoted to tenured Professor in 1971. He continues to teach a full course load, as well as advising students, participating in the international study program, and serving as a consultant on landscape architecture projects. He is a licensed landscape architect in New Jersey. DeBoer earned a Bachelor of Science in landscape design from Cornell University (1955) and a Master of Science in horticulture, planning and microclimate (1959) from Rutgers.
"Teachers can have a profound effect on one's life," said Edgar B. Brannon, director of USDA's Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and a former student of DeBoer. "Roy's classroom lectures, his encouragement and guidance of my classwork, and his genuine warm mentoring led me to my life's work in natural resource conservation. I was influenced by the substance of his lectures, the way they were presented, and the openness through which we were invited to experience what he had experienced."
The family of Prof. Carpenter presented the award and medal to DeBoer at the ASLA Annual Meeting in St. Louis on October 30.