The Knowlton School is saddened to announce the passing away of Larry Walquist, Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture, on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020. Walquist taught in the Landscape Architecture program at Ohio State from 1977–2004. In 1978, he created the Master of Landscape Architecture degree program, which he chaired for six years.
In 2016, the Lawrence W. Walquist Endowed Scholarship was established to benefit one or more undergraduate students in the landscape architecture program. Criteria included a standing at the junior or senior-level, and leadership as an advocate for landscape architecture, and the potential to serve as an inspiration to others in the field.
The announcement of the Walquist Scholarship was made on October 8, 2015, at the Landscape Architecture Centennial Celebration by three Knowlton alumni and former students of Walquist who were the driving force behind the creation of the endowment.
Commenting on Walquist's lasting impact on his students, Kathleen Fox, FASLA (BSLA ’80), a Vice President at The Pizzuti Companies – Pizzuti Solutions, said: "Larry gave so much to all his students during his long teaching career. It was wonderful to see how much it meant to him to have this fund established by his former students in honor of his teaching contributions in Landscape Architecture at Ohio State, especially during the kickoff reception for the Centennial Celebration of the OSU Landscape Architecture program. I am thrilled to have been a small part of helping recognize his work through this new scholarship fund."
Keith Myers, FASLA (BSLA ’78), who serves as the Vice President for Planning, Architecture and Real Estate at Ohio State, expressed the value of Walquist's influence on his students at the scholarship announcement: "Your professors have a profound impact on your life and career, and few have had the lasting impact on so many as Larry. His ability to challenge students and instill a light-hearted atmosphere in the studio left a lasting impression on us all."
“It is fitting that we honor Larry’s life-long commitment to teaching through this scholarship fund in light of the significant impact that he has had on so many of us as practitioners and as people,” added Brian Kinzelman, FASLA (BSLA ‘77), Senior Principal and Co-Founder of MKSK, at the announcement. “His rigor as an instructor and his counsel as a friend have been invaluable to us all over the years. He embodies all that is good in this program and profession.”
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Walquist Scholarship.