Walter Holzbog was born in 1932 in Milwaukee. He passed away at home Jan. 31,
2015. Charlie held a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard
Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of
Art where he studied painting, sculpture and industrial design.
Charles’ professional experience began in his father’s landscape
architectural office in Wauwatosa. He served as a design and planning consultant
to the Wisconsin Department of Resources and Development at the University of
Wisconsin at Madison and as the landscape architect to the Tocks Island Advisory
Council of the Delaware River Gap Region.
Charles served in the Navy as an aviation structural mechanic, afterward serving
on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Rhode Island
School of Design, and as a lecturer and visiting critic at a number of other
universities in the U.S. and Canada.
Publications of his work appeared in the Landscape Architecture Quarterly and
other professional periodicals. He authored two handbooks: “An Approach to a
Humane Environment” and “Art in the Environment,” and was also well known
for his documentary films on environmental design — “Milwaukee Walk” and
“Boston’s Littoral Decision.”
Chuck was actively engaged in environmental research, issues of sustainability,
and the graphic illustration of the built and natural environment, serving as
the layout designer and graphic artist for the Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction’s booklet — “Aesthetics and Environmental Education: A Mutli-Disciplinary
Resource for Curriculum Development.” Under a Ford Foundation Grant, he did
research on new communities and housing in Sweden and Finland. Additionally, he
provided design support for Tocks Island, a national recreation area, Regional
Charles was a member of the American Institute of Landscape Architects.
In recent years, he worked with the University of Wisconsin at Madison
Environmental Awareness Center on many Wisconsin community projects, often
involving waterfront development. In the village of Soldiers’ Grove, he was
responsible for designing the relocation of most of its businesses and
residencies, positioning them out of the floodplain of the Kickapoo River, as
well as preparing the input to make Soldiers’ Grove the first community in the
United States with each business deriving at least 50 percent of its heat from
Charlie also loved to sail, to do abstract and landscape painting, to play and
compose classical music on the piano, and to expand continually his knowledge
through extensive reading.
Charles W. Holzbog, son of Walter and Dorothy Van Holten Holzbog and brother to
Thomas, is survived by his wife Margaret (nee Stark), sister-in-law Wendy
Wilson, nieces Jessica Jayne Holzbog and Arabella Holzbog (Danny) Ezralow and
their two children, sister- in-law, Judith Stark (David) Lehman and their six
children — Teeka James (Norman) Ferrer, Jennifer James (William) Gibson, Sarah
James (Anthony) Jamesbarry, Maggie Lehman (Reed) Hilliard, Kim Lehman (John)
Atwill and Dan (Toni) Lehman, and 11 grandchildren.
There will be a private burial at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee and
celebration of Charlie’s life at the spring solstice and summer equinox. The
family suggest memorials to the Richfield Historical Society and the Zonta
International Club of Milwaukee.
The family wishes to express their sincere thank you to Charlie’s “six
angels” who were all so involved in his care during the past several years
with each bringing their special personal talents to enrich his days.
The family is being assisted by Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation
Services, N84 W17937 Menomonee Ave., Menomonee Falls; 262-251-3630 / www.schmidtandbartelt.com.