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planner , Landscape architect

William Alfred Behnke, American Landscape architect, planner. Named Distinguished Alumnus Ohio State University, 1978. Member Ohio Arts Council, 1983-1984; president metro board Lake County Young Men’s Christian Association, 1989-1990. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Fellow American Society Landscape Architects (vice president 1977-1979, president 1980-1981).

Background

Behnke, William Alfred was born on January 7, 1924 in Cleveland. Son of Walter William and Constance Helen (Ireson) Behnke.

Education

B.Landscape Architecture, Ohio State University, 1951.

Career

Designer, Grier Riemer Associates, Cleveland, 1951-1955; principal, William A. Behnke, Cleveland, 1955-1957; associate, Charles L. Knight, Cleveland, 1957-1958; partner, Behnke, Szynyog & Ness, Cleveland, 1958-1961; partner, Behnke, Ness & Litten, Cleveland, 1961-1970; managing partner, William A. Behnke Associates, Cleveland, 1970-1989, retired. Associate professor Kent State University, 1973-1974. President Ohio State Board Landscape Architectural Examiners, 1973.

Vice-chairman Ohio Board Unreclaimed Strip Mined Lands, 1973-1974. Board directors Landscape Architecture Foundation, 1981-1985, president, 1983. Member of advisory board Trust for Public Lands, since 1988.

Membership

Member Ohio Arts Council, 1983-1984. President metro board Lake County Young Men’s Christian Association, 1989-1990. Board directors Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, Breckenridge Village, 2002.

Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Fellow American Society Landscape Architects (vice president 1977-1979, president 1980-1981).

Connections

Married Virginia E. Woolever, September 18, 1948. Children: Lee, Deborah, Mitchel, Mark.

father:
Walter William Behnke

mother:
Constance Helen (Ireson) Behnke

spouse:
Virginia E. Woolever

child:
Mitchel Behnke

child:
Mark Behnke

child:
Deborah Behnke

child:
Lee Behnke