Edward Durell Stone, Jr.
Edward Durell Stone, Jr., died peacefully in Vero Beach, Fla., on Friday, July 10, 2009. Ed was born in Norwalk, Conn., on August 30, 1932 to Orlean Vandiver and Architect Edward Durell Stone. He attended The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University and his Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. He also served as a Fighter Pilot, Captain, in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1957.
Ed Stone began his career in Fort Lauderdale with Frederick B. Stresau, one of the pioneers of landscape architecture in the State of Florida. In 1960 he founded Edward D. Stone, Jr. and Associates (EDSA), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., one of the preeminent planning and landscape architecture firms in the world. Ed was elected a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects/ASLA in 1974 and awarded the Society’s prestigious ASLA Medal in 1994, the “highest honor the American Society of Landscape Architects may bestow upon a landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment.”
Under his leadership, EDSA has received over 140 statewide, national and international awards. Ed was exceptionally proud of the EDSA Minority Scholarship which is awarded yearly by the ASLA. EDSA’s most recent honor, the ASLA Landmark Award co-sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for PepsiCo’s world headquarters in Purchase, N.Y., was particularly gratifying. Designed over thirty years ago, PepsiCo’s corporate campus was recognized for its excellence and inspiration to its people and their purpose.
Among EDSA’s other projects are Atlantis in the Bahamas, PGA National Resort Community in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Revitalization and Riverwalk, Daufuskie Island in South Carolina and Nova Southeast University in South Florida, and John’s Island in Vero Beach, Fla.
Ed was appointed to the Presidential Commission of Fine Arts by Richard M. Nixon in 1971, re-appointed by President Gerald R. Ford in 1976 and again in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.
He was a member of the Urban Land Institute and was honored to serve numerous other professional and civic organizations.
Ed is survived by his wife, Helen ‘Lollie’ Ecclestone Stone, his son, Edward ‘Ned’ Durell Stone, III, his daughter Patricia (Chapin Koch) Stone, his son Mathew Whelpley, three grandchildren, Sarah, Lily and Peter Koch, his brothers, Robert V. (Betsy Bowman) Stone of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Benjamin Hicks (Emily) Stone of Roxbury, Conn., and sisters, Francesca Stone and Fiona Stone, as well as his nephew, Michael Amyette-Bowman Stone of New York, N.Y., two stepdaughters, Margaret (John) Shaffer, and Sheila (Nathaniel) Crosby and two step-granddaughters, Turner and Courtney Reynolds.
Services will be held at Trinity Church, 2365 Pine Avenue, Vero Beach, Fla. (772) 567-1146, on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 11 a.m.. A reception will follow. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ed’s name to the following organizations: Trinity Church, 2365 Pine Avenue, Vero Beach, Fla., 32960, Visiting Nurse Association/Hospice, 1110 35 Lane, Vero Beach, Fla., 32960 or ASLA EDSA Minority Scholarship Award, 636 Eye Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20001-3736. Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach (772) 562-2325.
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