Many of us have been touched by the news that Dick Marshall – the M in DHM – passed away last week. Dick had a lasting influence in many of our lives as a peer, friend and mentor. His personality filled the room with a great joy for life and a warm smile.

Dick lent a keen eye to planning and design work through his 35 years at DHM, and was awarded the greatest distinction of Fellowship in the American Society of Landscape Architecture for his contributions to the profession as a whole. At DHM, he brought designs to life, from his private development projects in the mountains to Highlands Ranch, Lowry and Cherry Creek Shopping Center, to his civic work in Lower Downtown Denver and beyond. He cared deeply about supporting vibrant, urban places. His long standing relationship with Cherry Creek School District grew our education sector. He was instrumental in DHM’s early collaboration with National Park Service and helped improve the visitor experience at Gateway, Yellowstone, Sequoia, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks to name but a few.

His talent, genuine likability and attention to client service brought many years of success, helping shape DHM to become what it is today. His efforts extended beyond the formal practice of landscape architecture as he was instrumental in ensuring the legacy and succession of the firm and his vision contributed to our geographic expansion with the first branch office in Carbondale, that has since led to three more offices. Younger generations have been inspired by his involvement in the community in such organizations as the American Society for Landscape Architects, Downtown Denver Partnership and Downtown Colorado Inc., motivating us all to continue in his footsteps to improve our communities and contribute to the greater good.

Dick’s mentorship of the firm shaped and influenced our professional and personal lives in a way that adds to his enduring legacy. We share in sending his family love and thoughts of comfort, and we send a collective thank you to Dick for starting something here at DHM Design which is now of benefit to us all.

Published on: September 20, 2016