Sadly a great teacher, mentor and practitioner in the field of landscape architecture, V. Michael Weinmayr, faculty member of the Landscape Institute since 1992 peacefully passed away in his studio Tuesday December 17, 2012. Michael was a wonderful designer of public housing, parks, hospitals, gardens and more. Together with fellow GSD student and roommate John Furlong, Michael unearthed the Olmsted drawings and papers long held in the Olmsted offices at Fairsted, arranging for an exhibit at the GSD. This seminal exhibit resulted in the formation of the National Association of Olmsted Parks, and spurred the intense research efforts which followed.
With great frequency, students and alumni speak of the impact Michael had on their education and careers. "Michael went beyond his role as teacher, he went the extra mile to mentor us in professional careers" says alumni Susan Quateman, CLD ‘07 and Bridgette McManus, CLD ‘09. His dry humor celebrated in life and throughout his tenure with Parkinson's inspired many of us to be honest and humane in our endeavors. A cyclist, a mechanic, an innovator, a mentor, and a father, there was no riddle Michael did not enjoy solving. Michael's contributions to The Landscape Institute and the Boston Architectural College will be celebrated in our second annual fall event, 2013. As his business partner of Weinmayr Jay Associates, David Jay wrote, "His body is going to science, his soul is at peace. I think there is a good work bench for him where he's going and perhaps a BMW in need of repair".
"Michael had a wealth of knowledge that he willingly shared with all, an inspiration to anyone he with whom he came in contact, but above all he was a great human being", says Terry Duffy, BAC MLA candidate, LI Instructor, and mentee.
"How to describe learning to survey on a steep rocky site in December, with Michael determinededly, unflaggingly setting the pace, scrambling across fallen foundations despite his severely compromised mobility...? Humbling, and indelible." Pamela Hartford, student in Landscape Design History