Charles "Chuck" S. Saladino II, a pioneering landscape architect in the state of Nevada, died on Jan. 3, 2009 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA. HE was 67. The cause of death was renal failure and other diabetes-related complications.
Early on in his career, Chuck Saladino fought for landscape architects to be recognized as licensed professionals in the state of Nevada. He holds the first license issued by the state. Chuck served as president of the Nevada Board of Landscape Architecture and as the Western Regional Director for the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards for 11 western states. In 2001 he was recognized as a Fellow to the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Chuck's professional career included working for the National Parks Service, owning his own landscape architecture business and later joining Stantec (formerly Celia Barr Associates) in Las Vegas. Additionally, Chuck was an assistant professor of environmental design and natural resources at the University of Nevada Reno. Chuck received numerous awards for his designs, including the Elmer H. Anderson Parks Excellence Award for Floyd Lamb Park, one of the largest state parks in Southern Nevada and a National School Award for his participation in the design of a high school. The historic mall at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the New York New York Hotel Casino and the Wild Creek Golf Course in Reno, NV, are just a few of Chuck's many landscape designs that live on throughout the State of Nevada.
Charles Sylvester Saladino II was born Feb. 10, 1941 in New York, NY and grew up in Great Neck. He earned his bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture from the University of California at Berkley. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
He was preceded in death by his sister Andrea and his parents, Nadine and Charles L. Saladino. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Connie Saladino and his son Peter Saladino, both of Seattle, WA; his daughter Andrea Seybold of Sammamish, WA; his sister Dale Scrivano of Cumming, GA; and his nephew Gary Scrivano of Torrington, CT; as well as six grandchildren, Chase and Peytra Seybold and Alana, Roman, Dante and Stone Saladino.
He was truly a master of design and had a way of making nature even more magical. If you happen to look skyward and see clouds that look like waterfalls or towering maples losing their leaves or if the sunset seems to be a brighter shade of purple and seems to follow stepping stones up to the stars, it's not your imagination. Surely Chuck's handiwork is afoot.
A scholarship benefiting landscape architecture graduating students is being created in honor of Chuck's life. Gifts in memory of Charles Saladino can be made to the Iowa State University Foundation. Include "in memory of Charles Saladino" in the memo line of your check, to designate your gift in his honor. Contributions may be made to ISU Foundation, 2505 University Blvd., PO Box 2230, Ames, IA 50010.