August 26, 2013
A memorial service for Seattle landscape architect Richard Carothers will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in Horizon House at 900 University St. in Seattle.
Carothers died June 20 at age 78 of complications from Parkinson's disease.
He founded Richard Carothers Associates in Eugene, Ore., in 1960, and moved the firm to Capitol Hill in 1964.
Richard Carothers Associates merged in 1998 with Dallas-based Huitt-Zollars, an engineering and architecture firm with offices in Seattle and Tacoma. Carothers retired in 2000.
In more than 40 years of practice, his firm received 40 design awards, including three that were presented at the White House. Award-winning projects include a 92-acre campus for Boeing Computer Services in Bellevue, the 312-acre Dawson Creek Corporate Park in Hillsboro and the Washington Institute for Women in Purdy.
Francis Wall started working with Carothers in 1998 at Richard Carothers Associates, and is now a vice president at Huitt-Zollars.
He said Carothers was an enthusiastic leader who helped clients refine and create a vision, and left behind a legacy of landscape architecture in the region.
“He had an immense amount of passion and just general enthusiasm that he brought to the office every day,” Wall said.
Carothers was a native of North Bend. In a DJC story about his retirement, he said the turning point for his firm came in the mid-1970s when he began to move from working primarily as a subconsultant landscape architect to prime consulting on land use planning, master planning and landscape architecture. He later added civil engineering and surveying.
Carothers revitalized the local chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects after a period of decline in the mid-1970s, and was a mentor to many well-known local landscape architects.
When he retired, more than 200 friends, family and clients gathered to celebrate his career.
When asked what were the most significant projects of his career, Carothers said, “Every new job is my favorite because it presents unique challenges that engage and absorb the mind.”