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Leon Zach

Leon Zach, American landscape architect. Recipient Secretary of War commendation for exceptional civilian service, 1945.


  • Zach, Leon was born on January 23, 1895 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Max and Blanche (Going) Zach.

  • Education

    • Graduate Roxbury (Massachusetts) Latin School, 1914. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1918. M.L.A., 1922.


    • Designer, principal assistant Olmsted Brothers, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1922-1928, member firm Olmsted Brothers, 1938-1941. Chief planning branch directorate of military construction Office Chief of Engineers, Department Army, Washington 1941-1965. Consultant on city plan of Oak Ridge, 1947-1950.


    • Contributor articles and book reviews on landscape architectural and planning subjects to newspapers and mags.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Joint Committee on National Capital, since 1947. Member National Capital Planning Commission representing chief of engrs., 1953-1956, 62-64. Member Harvard College Board Overseers’ committee visit Graduate School Design, 1954-1963.

    Fellow American Society Landscape Architects (president 1953-1957). Member Society American Military Engineers, Institute Landscape Architects, British (honorary correspondent), American International Assurance (honorary), International Federation Landscape Architects (past vice president), American Society of Civil Engineers, American Planning and Civic Association. Clubs: Cosmos, Harvard of Washington.


    • Married Gertrude Robinson, December 4, 1924.
    • father: Max Zach
    • mother: Blanche (Going) Zach
    • spouse: Gertrude Robinson
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    Died July 11, 1966
    (aged 71)