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Helen Quackenbush
By Eliza Pennypacker, ASLA

I’ll try in this brief offering to collate my own great appreciation for Helen Quackenbush, and those of my retired colleague, E. Lynn Miller. Here’s the sound byte: Both Lynn and I consider Helen *the* champion for women in landscape architecture of the 20th century.

Others, I’m sure, will speak of Helen’s quiet activism and steady service to the American Society of Landscape Architects and to our profession in general. As Helen herself said, “My participation in seeking recognition has not been for myself—just pushing and encouraging others to do so.” This was classic Helen: never the eye-catching celebrity, but always the best supporting actor.


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But Lynn and I are both particularly in awe of Helen’s relentless crusading, and solid role modeling, for women in landscape architecture. At a time when women were infiltrating the male-dominated profession of landscape architecture, Helen Quackenbush became her sisters’ quiet but relentless champion. Lynn wrote to me recently:

When I came to Penn State in 1960, we had only about three or four women who were professional landscape architects in Pennsylvania. Helenʼs dedication, hard work and enthusiasm paved the way for more women to enter the field.

And when I nominated Helen for a Penn State award in 1994, I wrote:

At the 1994 national meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects in Chicago, I attended an open committee meeting on Women in Landscape Architecture (WOLA). It was then that I realized that Helen Quackenbush is an unsung hero of our profession. Ms. Quackenbush sat on the panel for that meeting, and her dedication, commitment, and long-term activism in the name of women in our profession shone through. I later learned that Ms. Quackenbush has worked on that committee since 1972, and was recently recognized by WOLA as an outstanding contributor.

Helen was, at heart, that rare leader who recognizes that leadership is service, not power. Her work with ASLA, with WOLA, with clients and professionals throughout Pennsylvania, and with our department was consistently steadfast, thoughtful, and heartfelt. She was a great friend of our department, an alumna we could always count on to care and to help. Lynn Miller and I count ourselves among the many, many people who feel honored to have known Helen Quackenbush.

Eliza Pennypacker, ASLA, Professor and Head
Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture

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E. Lynn Miller, FASLA, Professor Emeritus
Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture

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Roy H. DeBoer
Roy H. DeBoer, professor emeritus, founder of Rutgers Landscape Architecture Program, age 80, died on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Born in Garfield, he grew up in Clifton, graduating from Clifton High in 1951. He received a B.S. in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. While at Cornell he rowed Crew and was president of Pi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He earned his Masters Degree in 1959 while on the faculty at Rutgers University.

He began his 50+ year teaching career in 1955 at Rutgers, served as a full professor, department head (25 years), and founder of the Landscape Architecture Program. In the 1960’s, he was director of the Rutgers Gardens, and in the 1970’s, he established the nationally accredited LA Program at Rutgers. He continued his involvement in the program through his retirement years.

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 University entitled EDA (Environmental Design Analysis) and had a customized license plate ROY EDA for many years. Selected as professor of the year at Rutgers/Cook College four times, he was recognized for teaching excellence Cook College Outstanding Educator Award, received the National Council of Lamdscape Architecture Educators Award, Excellence in Teaching from the National Association of Land Grant Colleges, the Warren Sussman Excellence in Teaching award from Rutgers, the Jot Carpenter Excellence in Teaching from the National ASLA, and was selected as a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects.

He was a driving force behind recognition of the landscape architecture profession and state licensure by the State of New Jersey and was presented with Lic. #.00001.

Announcements

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Bettisworth North, Anchorage, Alaska, named Mark Kimerer, ASLA, as its newest partner and principal landscape architect on January 1. Kimerer leads the firm’s landscape architecture department of three and will oversee human resources and professional development for the firm.

Kimerer’s project experience ranges from large-scale site planning and Complete Streets design to accessible playground design, low-impact development, civic park facility improvements, and native plant revegetation techniques. He brings 21 years of experience in landscape architecture and 15 years as a licensed landscape architect. He began practicing in Alaska in 2004 at Land Design North, joining Bettisworth North in 2010.

Kimerer is a committee chair for Engineers Week and is enrolled in Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Executive Advancement Program. He also completed two terms on the Municipality of Anchorage Urban Design Commission and serves as past president of the Alaska Chapter of ASLA.

Kimerer is an advocate for community building through pro bono projects, including volunteering his time to the Peirce Park Living Lab Project in Fairbanks and helping to create a campus master plan for Winterberry School in Anchorage. Kimerer’s notable landscape architecture projects at Bettisworth North include the Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks; the UAA Kenai Peninsula College Student Housing in Soldotna; and the Spenard Road Reconstruction Project in Anchorage.

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Carmel, Indiana, Mayor Jim Brainard has announced that Corrie Meyer, ASLA, has been hired as the new executive director of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission (CRC), the commission responsible for overseeing the city’s redevelopment projects. Meyer has been a project manager and urban planner for Schmidt Associates for the past 10 years and had recently been appointed to the CRC board.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Corrie join our team full time and help lead the crucial redevelopment efforts in the Carmel City Center, Arts & Design District and other areas of our growing city,” says Mayor Brainard. “Her experience working with other communities to plan, design, and develop their urban environment and planning projects is exactly what we need at the Redevelopment Commission.”

Her first day on the job will be Monday, March 31.

In addition to being a a registered landscape architect in Indiana, Meyer is a certified urban planner, and is LEED accredited in Building, Design and Construction by the United State Green Building Council. She is a board member for the Urban Land Institute, a past president of the American Society of Landscape Architects Indiana Chapter, and a member of the American Planning Association.

Meyer spent more than a decade with Schmidt Associates, an Indianapolis-based architectural/engineering firm. While there she led urban planning initiatives and was a part of the strategic planning team. She graduated from Ball State University in 2000 with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and subsequently earned her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from BSU in 2008.

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Neil Ryan Kiner, ASLA, has joined the firm of Peaks to Plains Design PC in Billings Montana. Kiner, a licensed landscape architect with over a decade of experience in designing and managing large, complex projects has joined the firm of Peaks to Plains Design PC. Kiner has a strong technical background and extensive experience designing and managing projects in healthcare, education, commercial, irrigation and cemetery planning.

Kiner is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in Environmental Design.Additionally, he is an accredited LEED professional.



Comments
jjharakal@aol.com March 25, 2014 3:37 PM
It is with deep regret to learn of the passing of Roy DeBoer. He was indeed a dedicated advocate of landscape architect throughout his career. I first met Roy when he started at Rutgers and I believe I was one of the first landscape architects he called to critique and judge his student's projects. I and all his graduates through the years will miss him dearly as well as his family, faculty associates, and fellow landscape architects. God speed Roy.
jjharakal@aol.com March 25, 2014 3:39 PM
It is with deep regret to learn of the passing of Roy DeBoer. He was indeed a dedicated advocate of landscape architect throughout his career. I first met Roy when he started at Rutgers and I believe I was one of the first landscape architects he called to critique and judge his student's projects. I and all his graduates through the years will miss him dearly as well as his family, faculty associates, and fellow landscape architects. God speed Roy.
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