Shoemaker, Mark Mercer, 1898-1983

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Professor of horticulture of the University of Maryland College Park, campus planner, and landscape designer.

From the description of Mark Shoemaker papers, 1920-1971 (bulk 1927-1948) (University of Maryland Libraries). WorldCat record id: 19540837

Mark Mercer Shoemaker was employed by the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1931 until 1963 in various positions. While he worked for the Extension Service and the Departments of Horticulture and Physical Plant, his lasting contribution to the University was his role in the master plan for major construction on campus from 1946 to 1954. During his tenure at the University of Maryland, College Park, the campus grew from 14 buildings in 1931 to 187 in 1963.

Mark M. Shoemaker was born on May 9, 1898, in Washington, D.C. He graduated from McKinley High School in the District of Columbia and earned two degrees from the University of Michigan, the B.A. in 1921 and the Master of Landscape Design in 1922. For nine years, he was in private business in the Washington area; in 1926, he had the distinction of designing the landscaping for the Sesquicentennial International Exposition in Philadelphia to celebrate U.S. independence.

In 1931, the Maryland Extension Service hired Shoemaker as an assistant landscape specialist. By 1937, he was an associate professor of landscaping. His responsibilities included working with garden clubs, horticulture societies, municipal groups, and private citizens. In addition he participated in extension education efforts, conferences, and garden schools and hosted a local garden radio show. From 1934 to 1937, he held joint appointments with the Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, first with the National Resources Board and then the Agricultural Adjustment Administration.

By 1940, Shoemaker's primary responsibility was the College Park campus, specifically the landscaping and master plan for capital construction, which President Harry Byrd supported. For the next 20 years, he held joint appointments with the Horticulture and Physical Plant departments and the Business Management Office of the Agricultural College as he participated in campus planning. When he retired in 1963, he held the title of landscape architect in the Horticulture Department.

For 60 years, Shoemaker was married to Mildred Woodward, and they had one daughter. They resided in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area, where Shoemaker was involved in local politics and headed the Friendship Heights township administration after his retirement. Throughout his life, he was active in civic and horticultural organizations. He died January 5, 1983.

From the guide to the Mark Shoemaker papers, 1920-1971, 1927-1948, (University of Maryland)

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creatorOf University of Maryland, College Park. Dept. of Horticulture. Records. University of Maryland Libraries, UMD Libraries
referencedIn Department of Horticulture records, 1888-1971, null University of Maryland
referencedIn Department of Physical Plant records, 1888-1987, 1933-1945 University of Maryland
creatorOf Mark Shoemaker papers, 1920-1971, 1927-1948 University of Maryland
creatorOf Shoemaker, Mark Mercer, 1898-1983. Mark Shoemaker papers, 1920-1971 (bulk 1927-1948) University of Maryland Libraries, UMD Libraries
creatorOf University of Maryland, College Park. Dept. of Physical Plant. Records. University of Maryland Libraries, UMD Libraries
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associatedWith Thurston, Arthur S. person
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