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consultant , City and regional planning educator

John William Reps, American city and regional planning educator, consultant. award Association Collegiate Schools Planning, 1984; award American Institute Planners, 1968.


Reps, John William was born on November 25, 1921 in St. Louis. Son of Louis Wilson and Blanche Irene (Meehan) Representatives.


Graduate University Liverpool, 1947, London School Economics.


Lecturer Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1948-1950, research associate Center Housing and Environmental Studies, 1951, associate professor, 1952-1960, professor city and regional planning, 1960-1987, professor emeritus, since 1987, chairman, 1952-1964. Visiting professor Institute Social Studies The Hague, 1965-1966. Bicentennial Distinguished visiting professor University Georgia, 1985.

Pettyjohn Distinguished lecturer Washington State University, 1983. Hanes-Willis visiting scholar University North Carolina, 1982. Visiting scholar University California-Berkeley, 1958.

Chairman session urban planning Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1965. Consultant in city planning, since 1951.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Views and Viewmakers of Urban America: Lithographs of Towns and Cities in the United States and Canada, Notes on the Artists and Publishers, and a Union Catalog of Their Work, 1825-1925, 1984. Panoramas of Promise: Pacific Northwest Cities and Towns on Nineteenth-Century Lithographs, 1984. The Forgotten Frontier: Urban Planning in the American West Before 1890, 1981.

      Cities of the American West: A history of Frontier Urban Planning, 1979. Others

    • princ, public History Urban Plans magazine, since 1964. Member editorial board Planning Perspectives: An International Journal History, Planning and Environment, since 1985, Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal American Material Culture, 1978-1980, others.

      Contributor chapters to books, articles to professional journals.


Member New York City Planning Board, Ithaca, 1956-1958, vice chairman, 1956-1957, 1968-1969, chairman, 1958. Member Greater Ithaca Regional Planning Board, 1957-1958, Tri-Cities Aviation Council, Binghamton, New York, 1948-1950. Member American Antiquarian Society, Colonial Society Massachusetts, Ithaca Yacht.


  • Other Interests

    Map collecting.


Married Constance Christine Peck, June 26, 1948. Children– Martha Christine, Thomas William.

Louis Wilson Reps

Blanche Irene (Meehan) Reps

Constance Christine Peck

Martha Christine Reps

Thomas William Reps