Samuel G. Crozier

Land­scape ar­chi­tect and ‘con­sum­mate de­signer’ worked on Columbia and Cross Keys for the Rouse Co.

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen fras­mussen@balt­sun.com

Samuel G. Crozier, a for­mer Rouse Co. ar­chi­tect and founder of Crozier As­so­ci­ates Land Plan­ning Land­scape Ar­chi­tects, died of heart fail­ure Oct. 4 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia. He was 78.

“Sam was a bit of a ro­man­tic — which is a good thing if you’re an ar­chi­tect. It helps give you an imag­i­na­tion,” said Jervis H. Dor­ton, a for­mer Rouse Co. ar­chi­tect and con­sul­tant who was also a long­time friend.

“He was very out­go­ing,” Mr. Dor­ton said. “He made friends quickly, and within 10 min­utes you felt as though you had known him for years.”

The son of Samuel Ge­orge Crozier, owner of a land­scape nurs­ery busi­ness, and Thelma Crozier, Samuel Ge­orge Crozier was born and raised in Lin­den­wold, N.J., and grad­u­ated in 1956 from Over­brook Re­gional High School.

Mr. Crozier earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture from Ohio State Uni­ver­sity in­1961and a mas­ter’s de­gree in the same dis­ci­pline from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan in 1963.

He cred­ited his fa­ther with in­flu­enc­ing his choice of ca­reer and for his vast knowl­edge of plants.

Mr. Crozier went to work for the Rouse Co. in 1970 and did the land plan­ning for the Hopewell neigh­bor­hood, which is part of Columbia’s Owen Brown Vil­lage.

“We were both grad­u­ates of Ohio State, and over the years that be­came a com­mon bond,” said Cyril “Cy” Pau­mier, a for­mer Rouse Co. land­scape ar­chi­tect and ur­ban plan­ner who came to the Columbia com­pany in 1969 as di­rec­tor of land plan­ning for the emerg­ing city.

“I hired Sam be­cause I was im­pressed by the qual­ity of the work he showed me; work that he had pro­duced at school and at an­other place where he had worked. You make judg­ments on peo­ple’s draw­ings,” said Mr. Pau­mier, a Columbia res­i­dent.

“He was a very out­stand­ing pro­fes­sional per­son who had lots of abil­ity,” he said. “He was also a deeply caring hu­man be­ing.”

“He did the fore­court and land­scap­ing around Harper House in Cross Keys that was de­signed by Frank Gehry be­fore he be­came fa­mous, and is a quite hand­some build­ing,” Mr. Dor­ton said.

Two years af­ter leav­ing the Rouse Co. in 1974, he es­tab­lished Crozier and As­so­ci­ates in Cross Keys, then moved the busi­ness to Sav­age Mill.

He closed the busi­ness for a time and worked for Daft McCune Walker, a Tow­son land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture, plan­ning and site de­sign firm, for sev­eral years. Then in 1997 he re-es­tab­lished Crozier As­so­ci­ates Land Plan­ning Land­scape Ar­chi­tects on Foundry Street in Sav­age.

“The firm was en­gaged over the years by the Rouse Co. to de­sign the ex­te­rior land­scap­ing, in­te­rior wa­ter fea­tures and plant­ing for sev­eral re­gional malls in­clud­ing Ex­ton Square in Ex­ton, Pa., Au­gusta Mall in Au­gusta, Ga., and White Marsh Mall,” Mr. Dor­ton wrote in an email.

“He did the White Marsh Mall land­scap­ing in 1981 and re-did the in­te­rior land­scap­ing in 1991,” wrote Mr. Dor­ton, also a Columbia res­i­dent.

“Sam was very unique and just an ex­cel­lent and con­sum­mate de­signer,” said David M. Ham­mond, a re­tired Sil­ver Spring land­scape ar­chi­tect. “He paid the high­est at­ten­tion to de­tail and was al­ways cri­tiquing what he saw, what he could do bet­ter.

“He was very charm­ing and pleas­ant to work with, and was highly mo­ti­vated to do the best work he could for his clients,” he said. “He was very good at con­vinc­ing peo­ple to do the right thing.” Mr. Crozier pro­vided in­no­va­tive plan­ning and land­scape de­sign for sev­eral prom­i­nent Howard County res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ers, fam­ily mem­bers said. Other sig­nif­i­cant projects in­cluded work at Leonard­town Wharf, Wilde Lake Vil­lage Cen­ter, Howard County Gen­eral Hospi­tal’s en­try court­yard and Charles Plaza at Charles Cen­ter.

He re­ceived awards for his work from first ladies Pat Nixon and Ros­alynn Carter, whose pho­tos he kept on his desk, fam­ily mem­bers said. Me­lanie E. Mosher, a re­tired land­scape ar­chi­tect who lives in Wy­man Park and worked with Mr. Co­zier at Daft McCune Walker, said he was “to­tally ded­i­cated to good de­sign. ... He knew good ar­chi­tec­ture when he saw it, and he was a very opin­ion­ated per­son.”

She re­called his glow­ing sense of hu­mor. “Sam was great fun when he was at his peak, and the mas­ter of the one-liner,” she said.

He was a Fel­low of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Land­scape Ar­chi­tects and had been pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Mary­land chap­ter.

At the time of his death, Mr. Crozier was semire­tired.

His hob­bies were vis­ual and per­form­ing arts, mod­ern de­sign and mu­sic. He also en­joyed pho­tog­ra­phy and sail­ing. He had owned two sail­boats, the Pot of Gold and the Leprechaun.

In 1990, he mar­ried Jan­ice Con­klin, for­mer dance critic for The Bal­ti­more Sun, who died in 2011.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sun­day at the Turn House, 11130 Wil­low Bot­tom Drive in Columbia.

He is sur­vived by sev­eral cousins. A col­league re­mem­bered Samuel G. Crozier as “the mas­ter of the one-liner.”

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