The Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
lost one of its long time friends and greatest supporters in
July 2005 when former student Ollie Eugene “Gene” Schrickel
Jr. ’50, died in Arlington. He was 78 year old.
Over the last 40 years Gene was an untiring supporter of land-scape
architecture throughout the state, his local community, and at
Texas A&M. Through his personal contributions, and those
of his firm, Schrickel Rollins & Associates, Gene was an
articulate voice for the potential and the responsibilities of
landscape archi-tecture. He was professionally involved in the
planning and de-sign of many Arlington parks and golf courses
and major land-scape projects at the University of Texas at Arlington
and the Texas A&M campus, as well as project throughout the
His active citizenship led him to many years of participation
in a wide range of activities in support of his community and
his pro-fession. As one of a handful of practitioners in his
day, he was instrumental in the registration of landscape architects
in Texas, served as president of the Texas chapter of the American
Society of Landscape Architects, director of the national Council
of Park and Recreation Consultants, trustee of the American Society
of Landscape Architects and a member of the Texas Board of Archi-tectural
Examiners. Active in his local community, he served as a founder
and board president of the Arlington Tennis Association, and
the Arlington YMCA building campaign. He was a board member of
the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Arlington
Visitors and Convention Bureau Advisory, president of Arlington
Rotary Club, and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church.
In spite of his incredibly busy life, Gene always found time
to support Texas A&M. A frequent and active promoter of the
de-partment, his contributions were indispensable to the develop-ment
of the program we have today. He was always pleased to have students
visit his office and learn about his multidisciplinary practice.
He would not hesitate to invite a student, or a busload, to come
in for a tour of the office and then take them, one or all, to
a restaurant for lunch; all the while telling them about how
lucky they were to have chosen such an exciting profession at
such a great university.
“No small number of our graduates went into practice with
the confidence to build highly successful careers because Gene
had told them they could do it,” recalled Michael Murphy,
associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture.
After returning from Navy service during World War II, Gene
came to A&M to study landscape architecture, receiving his
B.S. degree in 1950. While pursuing his degree Gene found time
to play basketball, serving as team co-captain his senior year.
He was a member of the Texas A&M Letterman’s Club,
the 12th Man Foundation, and the Association of Former Students.
He was also inducted into the University of Texas at Arlington,
Athletic Hall of Honor where he lettered in basketball, tennis
and baseball when he attended for one year prior to World War
In 1993 he established the Gene Schrickel Jr. Endowed Scholar-ship,
which provides annual funds to A&M graduate and under-graduate
students of landscape architecture. In 1998, he was honored as
an Outstanding Alumnus by the College of Architec-ture.
“Sadly, some of the younger students missed the opportunity
to meet him and experience his enthusiasm and wit,” Murphy
said. “Those of us who were privileged to have known him
will miss his friendship, his leadership and his inspiration.
His pioneering work to establish the profession in Texas is a
legacy that benefits each of us as landscape architects, as well
as our society that enjoys the results of our work,” he
continued. “Thank you Gene and God speed.”
Schrickel Jr. '50