Harvey H. Kaiser, 83, passed away after a short illness. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on July 8, 1936. He was predeceased by his brother, Gerald, his father and mother, Jerome and Ray Tobak Kaiser.
Harvey graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and received his Bachelor of Architecture from RPI in 1959. He met Linda Pembroke in college and they married in 1960. He earned an American Scandinavian Fellowship to study urban planning in Sweden in 1961. After returning to the States, he was employed by Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw and Folley, a former local architectural firm, where he designed several prominent Syracuse buildings.
He earned a Master of Architecture in 1967 and completed his PhD in Social Sciences in 1973, both from Syracuse University. He was a member of both the Faculty in 1972 and the administration at Syracuse University, and became Vice President in charge of all buildings, master planning, and facilities management. Notable projects included the Carrier Dome, Schine Center, Skytop Student Center, and the redevelopment of 13 buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places. In addition, he directed the Oncenter development and War Memorial revitalization.
After 23 years with Syracuse University, he embarked on a new career providing architectural guidance and strategic planning for clients worldwide. An interest in Adirondack rustic architecture led to authoring Great Camps of the Adirondacks in 1982 and several National Park guidebooks. He enjoyed speaking on National Park architecture across the country. He also published many books and studies on urban planning and architecture. He served on several community boards, national professional architectural and urban planning committees, and became President of the Board of Trustees of Russell Sage College. He loved to travel and with his wife visited over 45 countries chronicling unique architecture with pen and ink drawings. He enjoyed winters in Tavares, Florida on Lake Harris.
Surviving to cherish the memory of his life are his wife Linda; sons Sven-Erik (Martha) of Silver Spring, MD, Robert (Mary) of Haverhill, MA; daughter Christina (Simon Higgins) of Auckland, New Zealand; and grandchildren Samuel, Matthew and Shannon; and nephew Thomas Kaiser; and niece Laura Kaiser; and beloved sister and brother-in-law Maxine and Robert Kilbourn; and niece and nephew, Seth and Jessica Kilbourn.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 11 at 1pm at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road, Dewitt, NY 13214. Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel has care of arrangements
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Pebble HiIl Presbyterian Church; Adirondack Architectural Heritage, 1745 Main Street, Keeseville, NY, 12944; or Symphoria, 234 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.