Memorial for Harry Van Oudenallen (1944- 2011)

Friday, October 21, 2011

The memorial for Prof. Harry Van Oudenallen will be on October 21st, 2011, at 4:00 pm, in Engelmann 105, 2033 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee. This will be followed by an exhibit of the works of Prof. Van Oudenallen, in the Gallery of the Architecture and Urban Planning building, and a reception in the SARUP Commons.

On Saturday morning June 18, 2011-Harry, aged 67, slipped peacefully away at home, after a short battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.

Harry was an extraordinary teacher, friend, and colleague. He excelled as a son, husband and parent, and will be remembered by all for his many kindnesses, laughter, and passion. Always willing to offer a helping hand, Harry will leave an empty space in our hearts.

He was, in all ways unique. Born in Den Hague, Netherlands in 1944, he moved two years later to Singapore, spent the next four years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and finally moved to Long Island, New York where he graduated from Bethpage HS in 1962. Harry received his BA from Harvard College in 1966, and a Masters Equivalent in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1971. Unique, absolutely-while at Harvard he played football, and was the first left footed soccer style punter.

His career, service and projects would keep Harry smiling and traveling for the rest of his life.

Harry is survived by his wife, Adriana Guevara, his sons, Aaron Gardner, Sebastian, and daughters, Mika and Helena. He is further survived by his granddaughter, Summer Blue Gardner, his father Leonardus Van Oudenallen and mother Johanna Cava, his brother Frans, nieces and nephew, Katrin and Kirsta and Ben, and his first wife Betty Ann Linder.

He joined the faculty at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UWM in 1979, and from the very start excelled as a teacher. There are hundreds of students who were profoundly influenced and mentored by Harry. Among the awards he won in his career, perhaps the ones he was most proud of were, the UWM Undergraduate Teaching Award and the ACSA Distinguished Professor Award. He was, this year, elected by his peers at the ACSA to serve as the Vice Chancellor of this distinguished group of scholars and teachers.

Harry was a contagiously likable person and will be remembered for his enormous smile, and rich laughter. He was, though, a talented and skilled professional with a substantial career. He was a founding member, with Nick Cascarano, in 1996 of Architectura, Inc., an award winning firm that produced outstanding architectural designs.

He won many awards-winning or placing in design competitions which included the: Milwaukee Lakefront National Competition, Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Master Plan Competition, Merit Hall Competition, Timber Holdings Competition, Pier Wisconsin Competition, Newark Visitor Center Competition, Denver Public Market Competition, and the Atlantic City Holocaust Memorial.

Of this we could say, Harry would rather that we celebrate his life than mourn his death-he would rather see our smiles than our tears.

Jeff Ollswang
Professor Emeritus