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In Memoriam, Gerald Marston, FASLA

On May 12, 2022, Gerald (Gerry) Carter Marston, loving husband and father, passed peacefully away after fighting leukemia. Gerry was born on June 7, 1945, in Detroit, but grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He was a graduate of Michigan State University with honors in 1969. He graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1972.

Gerry was married first to Rosemarie (Rosie) Evers on September 9, 1967. Gerry and Rosie had one son, Gregory (Greg) Carter Marston who was born on December 18, 1970, in Wilmington, Delaware. Gerry married Elizabeth (Liz) on November 28, 1997, in their backyard in Coconut Grove, Florida. Gerry is survived by his son, Greg, and his grandsons, Carter and Gavin. Greg’s wife, Kate Marston, passed away in 2021. Gerry is also survived by his older sister, Kathie Arnold; his brother, James (Jim) Marston; his brother’s wife, Pamela (Pam) Marston; Jim and Pam’s daughters, Erin and Tiffany; Jim and Pam’s three grandchildren, Haven, Meadow, and Archer Carroll; and Gerry and Liz’s furry children, Missy and Bubba.

Gerry had a long and distinguished career as a landscape architect. He taught landscape architecture at the University of Delaware and at The Ohio State University from 1973 to 1981, attaining the rank of Associate Professor. While he thoroughly enjoyed challenging students to think and be creative about landscape architecture, he left the University to practice his profession. He joined Edward D. Stone, Jr., and Associates in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he worked from 1981 to 1985. Gerry became a Senior Associate with Sasaki Associates, Inc., in Coral Gables, Florida from 1985 to 1991. After Sasaki closed its Florida office, he joined Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC (WRT) starting 1991. In 2005, Gerry received the prestigious designation as a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for his body of work in the field. He retired from WRT as a Principal in 2010 when WRT closed its Florida office. Shortly thereafter in 2010, Gerry joined Curtis + Rogers Design Studio as Director of Design.

As noted in the nomination as ASLA Fellow, “Gerry’s work demonstrates his belief that people’s experience of places-both in the private and public realms-should be a source of inspiration. … Projects for which [Gerry] served as the lead designer are often described as bold, whimsical, and inspired. His work celebrates the experiential possibilities in the connective tissue between buildings. … He makes places that people remember.” Gerry was an incredible mentor and influential in the careers of many young as well as seasoned landscape architects.

His notable projects included Ocean City Boardwalk, Maryland; Overtown Pedestrian Mall (Miami, Florida); Disney Contemporary Resort Meeting Facility in Disney World, Florida; Orlando Centroplex (Orlando, Florida); Estero Streetscape, Ft. Myers, FL; Dayton Plaza of Flight, Dayton, Ohio; Viscaya Museum & Gardens Master Plan and Orchidarium, Miami, Florida; FBI Headquarters in Miramar, Florida, Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Landscape Master Plan; and Miami International Airport Landscape Master Plan.

Gerry was known for his sharp wit, the master of the “single” entendre, and being the life of the party. He was extremely competitive. When Gerry and Liz owned a 29.5 Hunter sailboat (first Pale Rider and then Deadline), they would routinely win in their group. Gerry and Liz loved to travel, being with friends, and enjoying their companionship. Gerry will be missed! If you wish to honor Gerry, please donate to the American Cancer Society.

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