Jot D. Carpenter
Jot D. Carpenter, FASLA, collapsed on February 16, 2000, while arguing the case for the Ohio Practice Act before a committee of the Ohio Legislature. Bringing Ohio's Landscape Architects into the new millennium with a Practice Act appropriate to their skills would have been the fruition of a long held dream that once and for all would have sealed the rank and status of the profession.
Carpenter was rushed to Grant Hospital where he underwent a 3-4 hour operation to find and stop internal bleeding. After the operation, he was in stable condition and returned to ICU.
Jot D. Carpenter, Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Knowlton School of Architecture died early Thursday morning, February 17, 2000 at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Claire, and sons Jot Jr., Sean and Kevin.
Professor Carpenter served a distinguished twenty-eight year career at The Ohio State University. He was Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture from 1972 to 1986, and continued to teach full time until his death. His teaching and scholarship interests focused on landscape architectural site planning, history of the profession, and AUTOCAD/GIS applications for site planning and design.
Additionally, Professor Carpenter served as both a professional consultant and volunteer in the National Park Service.
Among his numerous publications is the Handbook of Landscape Architectural Construction (ASLA, 1974), a book recognized as one of the most influential books in the history of landscape architecture. Professor Carpenter has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by both his alma maters: the University of Georgia and The Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Carpenter was a Member and Fellow of the ASLA. He served as President of the professional society from 1978 to 1979 and remained an active participant in the ASLA Task Force on Strategic Planning, ASLA Membership Committee, and the ASLA Nominating Committee. He was given The President's Medal by ASLA in 1982, one of the highest honors bestowed on its members. As a tribute to his work, the ASLA has developed the ASLA Jot Carpenter Prize, which recognizes the work of outstanding university professors in the area of Landscape Architecture. The first recipient, Roy DeBoer of Rutgers University, was honored at the 2000 Annual Meeting held in St. Louis.
For those who had the opportunity to know him, the loss is profound. "Jot had the rare ability to look backward and forward at the same time," said Kathy Fox, FASLA. "He challenged Landscape Architects to move into new technologies while simultaneously researching, documenting, and revering our industry as a profession."
I consider Jot D. Carpenter the best professor and mentor I ever had. Jot was a great professor who really and truly pushed his students to be the best they could be and really wanted them to succeed in the profession. Jot always made it clear- whatever help we needed he would be there.
When my perspective employer called Jot for a reference - he was away on vacation for an extended period. Jot got the message on vacation and called back immediately to respond. I was very impressed by Jot calling back so quickly on vacation and so was my employer. I go the job! I was also very impressed with the time Jot spent with me in writing a letter in hope of getting into Graduate School. He really was someone who went above and beyond to help others succeed in the profession.
Jot was a monumental force in my professional life ... someone who always drew me up short when I was unconsciously searching for easy answers. I encountered him first (after knowing about him for years in name only) as part of ASLA's Strategic planning sessions during the mid-90's when I was a chapter president. His warmly human, but always probing approach to trying to determine what the future held for the discipline of Landscape Architecture has always made me smile ... and strive to live up to his expectations. It is so sobering to know that death claimed him before any of us had the chance to have all of the conversations that we wanted to have with him ... and something to think about in all of our future interactions with one another. Think deep and long, and talk fast.
Becca Hanson, FASLA
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