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Robert C. Einsweiler, FAICP

(December 2, 1929 - July 4, 2019)

It is with deep sorrow that I share that my father, Bob Einsweiler, passed away the evening of July 4th. At the age of 89, he had been struggling for years with Alzheimer's, and was non-verbal at the end (although he hummed musically, to the delight of his nurses and caregivers.) He was considered a gentleman until the end, always dressed in his signature button-down shirt.

As many of you know, he was a constant mentor to me in the planning profession, as well as many others. He would have been frustrated by where the courts and Presidency have recently taken us, but excited about the trends in improving equity in land use. Luckily, he has been blissfully unaware of current events for the past several years. 

My wife, Ann, and I visited him each Sunday morning in memory care here is Austin for the past two years, ever since snatching my parents away from South Florida just before a hurricane in their beloved Sarasota. While mother passed away in September 2017, Dad continued as an upbeat and amenable patient for the past two years. Ann and I will miss our visits to the "church of Bob" each Sunday.

Stop a moment, breathe deeply and think of Dad in one of his many proud moments as a kind human being, and most of all, as a friend to the planning profession.

Please feel free to pass this news on to anyone else you think should know.

Lee D. Einsweiler


Born: Freeport IL December 2, 1929
Died: Austin TX July 4, 2019

BS in Architectural Engineering, University Illinois, 1953
MS in City Planning, University Illinois, 1958

Associate City Planner, Syracuse, New York, 1958-59
Transportation Planner, Twin Cities Metropolitan Planning Commission, St. Paul, 1959-65
Director of Planning, Twin Cities Metropolitan Planning Commission, St. Paul, 1966-67
Director of Planning, Twin Cities Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, 1967-71
Planning Consultant, Robert C. Einsweiler, Inc., Minneapolis, 1971-91
Director of Research, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991-96

Consultant to the World Bank, HUD, National Commission on Water Quality, Department of the Interior, EPA, U.S. Economic Development Administration, Office of Management and Budget
Lecturer in Planning, University of Minnesota, 1963-65, 72-79, Professor, Director of the Planning Program, 1979-86, Professor, 1986-91