Cornell professor of Architecture and City and Regional Planning, and Dean of the
College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
Born on July 15, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, Kermit Carlyle Parsons earned a Bachelors
of Architecture from Miami University in Ohio in 1951 and a Masters of Regional
Planning from Cornell University in 1953, during which time he received a University
Fellowship in Architecture. After earning his degree from Cornell, he worked as a
city planner for the Cleveland (Ohio) City Planning Commission and as a city planner
for the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority. Parsons joined the Cornell faculty
in 1957, becoming Associate Professor in 1960 and Professor in 1965. He was named
dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning in 1971, serving until 1980.
He returned to teaching until 1985, when he became the director of the
Cornell-in-Washington program, a position he held until 1988. Parsons retired from
the University in 1999.
During his career, he served as a consultant on city and university planning
projects in New York State and elsewhere. He authored books including
Writings of Clarence S. Stein: Architect of the Planned Community
and The Cornell Campus: A History of its Planning and Development. He
was a co-author of An Annotated Bibliography on University Planning and
Development and, with David Schuyler, he edited the book From
Garden City to Green City: The Legacy of Ebenezer Howard. Parsons died
on December 9, 1999.