Charles Walter Holzbog

Charles Walter HolzbogCharles 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 Advisory Council.

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 solar energy.

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.