It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Leonard Parker (BArch, 1948; Architecture, Professor Emeritus). Few people have had as big an impact on the School of Architecture as Leonard. Leonard taught for several decades in the School of Architecture as well as ran a successful architectural practice in the Twin Cities, showing generations of students not only how to become skilled designers, but also how to work in ways that would help ensure their own success in the profession. Widely known for his wry sense of humor and his insightfulness about both people and buildings, Leonard will be very much missed by his colleagues, clients, and former students.
Please use the comments section below to share your memories of Leonard. Friends of Leonard have set up the Leonard Parker Fellowship in Leonard's honor to support professional degree students in architecture. The University will match all gifts to the fund, which can be made online or sent to:
University of Minnesota Foundation
P.O. Box 70870
St. Paul, MN 55170-3854
Leonard's funeral is planned for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, MN. We will pass along any other information as we get it.
- Minnesota Public Radio obituary by Euan Kerr
- Pioneer Press obituary by Andy Greder (requires member log in)
- Star Tribune obituary
- Archinect obituary by Barry Lehrman
- Campus Connect obituary by Jenna Ross, Star Tribune
- ARCHITECT obituary by Hallie Busta
- "Architect Leonard Parker: Minnesota Modern" by Linda Mack, Star Tribune