By Professor Robert Wright
Jerry was a force of nature; it is so hard to capture his character or personality in words. He was a phenomenon of life only to be experienced firsthand. I first met Jerry when I came to teach in Landscape Architecture at U of T, where he was a professor. I had never met anyone like him. In retrospect, Jerry was one of the most forward thinking and prescient people I have ever met. Long before sustainability, tree-canopy cover, right-to-light, ecology, human experience, and social justice became common words in our profession Jerry had already established a reputation and leadership in those areas. Jerry talked about the importance of bio-mass, stewardship of the earth, advocating for peace and the necessity for social equity in all our work.