Frederick D. Jarvis, 61, landscape architect

July 03, 2005|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Frederick D. Jarvis, a landscape architect and professional planner who designed golf and waterfront communities across the country, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in Columbia. He was 61.

Mr. Jarvis built and remodeled his five-story cedar home several times during the last 25 years.

Although he made his living designing parks and outdoor landscapes, he called himself a "frustrated architect at heart." Not only did he draw all the architectural plans for the last extensive renovation, he also made a detailed scale model of the home.

He also helped to design and build Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Clarksville, where he was a longtime member and deacon.

Mr. Jarvis helped plan towns such as Columbia and recreational communities such as Chesapeake Harbor Waterfront Community in Anne Arundel County; Deep Harbour in Cambridge; and, in Howard County, Waverly Woods, a 680-acre golf course community, and Paternal Gift Farm, a subdivision with conservation and equestrian themes.

A fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, he designed golf and country clubs and retirement villages throughout the country, and a 3,100-acre community in Perth, Australia.

"He was recognized for being a leader in the industry and nominated as a fellow for his lifework," said Keith Weaver, a business partner of Mr. Jarvis. "He thought he had at least another decade to work and he worked to create an impact on others, to better others. He was truly a well-balanced individual."

Mr. Jarvis would frequently spend his lunch hour jogging or inline skating to clear his head, Mr. Weaver said.

Mr. Jarvis wrote extensively on land planning issues for trade publications and lectured frequently on the subject. He had been a guest speaker for the Urban Land Institute and at several national home builders conventions.

He worked most recently with EDSA, a Florida-based international architectural and planning company, which, at his urging, opened an office in Baltimore two years ago. He served as the office leader for EDSA's operations in the city.

"He was a tremendous leader, especially for our new office," said Mr. Weaver. "He led the charge and would not take `no' for an answer. He could always find a way to do it, if he put his mind to it."

Born in Mount Holly, N.J., Mr. Jarvis spent his boyhood working in his parents' florist business, delivering flowers and tending to greenhouses.

"It was the beginning of his journey as a steward of the land," said his son, Michael M. Jarvis, who works at the EDSA offices in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "As stewards, we help care for the land as well as develop it in an appropriate way. I am in the same field because of his example of stewardship."

Mr. Jarvis earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University in 1966. Two years later he earned a master's degree in the same field from University of Michigan. Several of his classmates encouraged him to join them in planning a town being built in Howard County, and he soon took a job with the Rouse Co. in Columbia.

Within a few years, he and three colleagues established their own company, Land Design Research Inc. The business grew during the 1980s from the four founders to more than 60 employees. When LDR was sold a few years ago to HNTB, Mr. Jarvis became director of land planning for the company and managed projects throughout the country until starting a new venture with EDSA.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rolling Hills Baptist Church, 11510 Johns Hopkins Road, Clarksville.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Jean Louise Mateer; two daughters, Margaret Radcliffe of Columbia and Beth Brouillette of Charlotte, N.C.; and nine grandchildren.

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