Despite the fact that my friend and colleague Dan Stearns dropped his struggle with most cancers last month, his legacy and memory reside on in the lives of his household, mates and a great number of pupils that he mentored and assisted above the many years. In numerous strategies Dan was a Renaissance person — an excellent landscape architect, award-winning teacher, previous administrator in U.S. Forest Provider, musician, enthusiastic bicycle owner and a thriving business enterprise operator. I don’t forget Dan as a genuine expert, fantastic gentleman, with a genuine enthusiasm for biking and the outdoor and for his heat smile and helpful demeanor.
Dan and I have been both equally retired and professor emeritus of the plant science division. During his profession at Penn Condition beginning in 1989 he worked on making a profitable and nicely-revered Landscape Contracting software in the department. Becoming a pretty available professor, students arrived at out to him for his tips throughout their time in the system and extensive immediately after they graduated. Dan and I the two shared a passion for educating students and Dan summed up his philosophy: “Teaching is a partnership, and the job of the trainer is to support the students take a look at and educate them to discover, to get them energized about studying.”
Craig Weidemann, one more close friend of Dan’s, wrote to me that he remembered Dan normally went the excess mile in his instructing and mentoring his landscaping students. The State School native also deeply loved character and doing the job outdoors all-around his household and farm.
As you wander close to the Penn Condition campus and the Condition College neighborhood you may possibly not be conscious the numerous projects (ordinarily two a calendar year) that Dan and his students undertook to enable beautify and boost each the campus and local community. These jobs enabled the learners to understand the overall course of action of Landscape Contracting from the layout, materials available to the implementation. I normally loved heading up on the 3rd ground (household of the Landscape Contracting Application) and viewing the learners doing the job on the types and then observing them implementing them all over campus underneath the watchful eye of Dan and his colleague Martin McGann or Mike Mahoney.
A single job that I in particular liked looking at establish was the pupil back garden found driving the Horticulture Greenhouse intricate across the road from the Agricultural Administration creating. Considering that Elsa Sanchez and I had started off a quite preferred Gardening for Pleasurable and Revenue class we seriously were enthusiastic when Dan claimed they were being heading tear out the outdated, tiny Quonset-shaped greenhouses and place in lifted backyard beds that we could use for the class. Dan and the pupils did a excellent occupation and the raised backyard garden beds were being produced from substantial Northern white cedar lumber, which is very tough and interesting. The beds and the fence around the back garden are all element of Dan’s and the student’s legacy. Our college students totally loved planting veggies and tiny fruits in the beds. Scott Diloreto, greenhouse manager, seconded what a amazing addition the back garden has been to the horticulture facility and our systems.
Tommy Wareham, a wonderful musician in his individual appropriate who grew up with Dan in Condition School, pointed out to me when we were both savoring breakfast at the counter at the North Atherton Waffle Store that Dan was a lifelong and gifted musician who performed a wide variety of devices. As I mentioned ahead of — Dan Stearns was certainly a Renaissance guy.
So, when you stroll close to the Penn Point out campus or are out and about in the neighborhood you could look at some of the buildings and yard types Dan was concerned with — the gardens/plantings about the Tyson Horticulture Setting up, Aged Principal, Carnegie Setting up and Eisenhower Auditorium. Or you might see the pond, garden and walkways all around the Hintz Relatives Alumni Middle, or stop by the Property of Treatment on Beaver Avenue wherever a new paver patio and stroll, custom-created gazebo, screen fence, new plantings, and set up of a new handicap ramp from the residence ended up installed. Or you could prevent by the Youth Provider Bureau where by a finish landscape restoration, including demolition of current garage, paved patio and walks, set up of a split rail fence, new plantings, new retaining wall, and development of a trash enclosure had been finished. Or if you’re climbing up Mount Nittany the place the design of a wood bridge assisted men and women climbing the path to the best, acquire time feel of Dan and his legacy of training students and building the campus and local community a better put.
Monthly bill Lamont is a professor emeritus in the department of plant science at Penn Point out and can be achieved by electronic mail: [email protected].