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Allan G. Feldt
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In memory of
Allan G. Feldt
Feldt, Allan G. 4/20/1932 - 2/27/2019 Ann Arbor Allan Gunnar Feldt died on February 27 of congestive heart failure and kidney disease at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is survived by his daughters Linda Diane (Richard Conto) and Laurie Karen (former husband Fritz Paper) (long term family friend Brent Truex); grandchildren Ian David, Alexandra Maryette Feldt (Devin Day), and Ingraham Feldt and great grandson, Benjamin David Feldt. He was predeceased by his parents Gunnar and Alma Feldt, both Swedish immigrants, sisters, Gunhilde and Eunice, brother Gordan. Allan's wife Barbara died in 1993, and son, David, in 2012. Al was born and raised in Tonawanda, New York, where he graduated from high school in 1950. While in school he worked as a stock boy at the Public Library and at Koenig's Hardware on Young Street. He attended the University of Michigan on a NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1954 with just passing grades with a BS degree in Physics. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara McVittie from Grand Island, that same year and was also drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a radio operator and jeep driver for the 3d Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. Returning to Ann Arbor, he entered graduate school in 1957 and received a PhD in Sociology in 1963 with specializations in Human Ecology and Demography. His first professional appointment was at Cornell University where he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and of City and Regional Planning. While at Cornell he also served on the Ithaca Planning Commission for two years and as the elected 7th ward alderman for 4 years. He accepted an appointment as Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan in 1971 and continued as a full Professor until his retirement in 1994. During his years at Michigan he reluctantly served short terms as chair of both the PhD program in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning and the Masters program in Urban Planning. He served four years on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission. Professor Feldt received several awards for good teaching including the prestigious Urban Planning Educator of the year award from the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSAP) for 1995. During his academic career Al published a few dozen papers. He is best known, however, for his development of one of the earliest simulation games on urban growth and development, CLUG, the Community Land Use Game. This game was widely used in many universities and colleges throughout the United States and Europe as well as many other parts of the world from 1966 through 1990. It is still in use occasionally although it has long since been overshadowed by more elaborate computerized urban games like SimCity. During his academic career, Al served as a visiting or guest lecturer at several dozen U.S. universities as well as at schools in England, France, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Australia. He is proudest, however, of the many students he has helped train and place into responsible positions in society. He is especially proud of most of the 135 doctoral students upon whose dissertation committees he has served, chairing about one-third of them. Many of these students have gone on to chair departments of Urban Planning at other universities and have made significant contributions to society on their own. Upon retirement, a year following his wife's death, Al established a relationship with a fellow pianist, Kathryn West, and they have been living happily together, though deliberately not married, ever since. Since retirement, Al served as a volunteer helper for older adults both as a driver and as an advisor in hearing loss. He has written fairly extensively about his own and his father's lives and a number of his papers from throughout his life may still be available on-line at . As old age and death gradually intruded on his life, he decided to sit down and write his own obituary, which you have just read. On the whole he is satisfied with his life and is ready to die. He has no expectations of heaven or any life after death and would be surprised and dismayed that such things actually exist beyond the imaginations of human beings. It is enough, he thinks, to feel certain that the world is a slightly better place for your having spent a few decades on its surface, enjoying life, but also contributing to it. A gathering to remember Allan Feldt will be announced to be held in April.
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Allan G. Feldt
Feldt, Allan G. 4/20/1932 - 2/27/2019 Ann Arbor Allan Gunnar Feldt died on February 27 of congestive heart failure and kidney disease at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is survived by his daughters Linda Diane (Richard Conto) and Laurie Karen (former husband Fritz Paper) (long term family friend Brent Truex); grandchildren Ian David, Alexandra Maryette Feldt (Devin Day), and Ingraham Feldt and great grandson, Benjamin David Feldt. He was predeceased by his parents Gunnar and Alma Feldt, both Swedish immigrants, sisters, Gunhilde and Eunice, brother Gordan. Allan's wife Barbara died in 1993, and son, David, in 2012. Al was born and raised in Tonawanda, New York, where he graduated from high school in 1950. While in school he worked as a stock boy at the Public Library and at Koenig's Hardware on Young Street. He attended the University of Michigan on a NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1954 with just passing grades with a BS degree in Physics. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara McVittie from Grand Island, that same year and was also drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a radio operator and jeep driver for the 3d Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. Returning to Ann Arbor, he entered graduate school in 1957 and received a PhD in Sociology in 1963 with specializations in Human Ecology and Demography. His first professional appointment was at Cornell University where he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and of City and Regional Planning. While at Cornell he also served on the Ithaca Planning Commission for two years and as the elected 7th ward alderman for 4 years. He accepted an appointment as Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan in 1971 and continued as a full Professor until his retirement in 1994. During his years at Michigan he reluctantly served short terms as chair of both the PhD program in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning and the Masters program in Urban Planning. He served four years on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission. Professor Feldt received several awards for good teaching including the prestigious Urban Planning Educator of the year award from the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSAP) for 1995. During his academic career Al published a few dozen papers. He is best known, however, for his development of one of the earliest simulation games on urban growth and development, CLUG, the Community Land Use Game. This game was widely used in many universities and colleges throughout the United States and Europe as well as many other parts of the world from 1966 through 1990. It is still in use occasionally although it has long since been overshadowed by more elaborate computerized urban games like SimCity. During his academic career, Al served as a visiting or guest lecturer at several dozen U.S. universities as well as at schools in England, France, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Australia. He is proudest, however, of the many students he has helped train and place into responsible positions in society. He is especially proud of most of the 135 doctoral students upon whose dissertation committees he has served, chairing about one-third of them. Many of these students have gone on to chair departments of Urban Planning at other universities and have made significant contributions to society on their own. Upon retirement, a year following his wife's death, Al established a relationship with a fellow pianist, Kathryn West, and they have been living happily together, though deliberately not married, ever since. Since retirement, Al served as a volunteer helper for older adults both as a driver and as an advisor in hearing loss. He has written fairly extensively about his own and his father's lives and a number of his papers from throughout his life may still be available on-line at . As old age and death gradually intruded on his life, he decided to sit down and write his own obituary, which you have just read. On the whole he is satisfied with his life and is ready to die. He has no expectations of heaven or any life after death and would be surprised and dismayed that such things actually exist beyond the imaginations of human beings. It is enough, he thinks, to feel certain that the world is a slightly better place for your having spent a few decades on its surface, enjoying life, but also contributing to it. A gathering to remember Allan Feldt will be announced to be held in April.
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