Obituaries

Terry Holzheimer, FAICP
Terry Holzheimer, a well-recognized expert in economic development and immediate past chair of APA's Divisions Council, died suddenly on March 1, 2014, at the age of 66.

Terry Holzheimer, FAICPA resident of McLean, Virginia, Mr. Holzheimer had served as the economic development director of Arlington, Virginia, since 2005. "Arlington has lost a dedicated public servant and a leader who worked for decades to build one of our nation's most successful and stable communities," Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan said.

Mr. Holzheimer was recognized for his work in economic development and analysis when he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008. "His application of fiscal impact analysis, market analysis, and economic impact analysis has provided a sound economic foundation for many local planning efforts," wrote his nominators.

He served as chair of APA's Divisions Council for four years in 2008-2012 and took a leading role in division initiatives centered around changing population and aging in America. He was chair of APA's Economic Development Division, and was currently serving a term as AICP planning practitioner appointee on the Planning Accreditation Board.

"Terry was a friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor to many in the profession," said APA President Bill Anderson, FAICP. "As a professor of planning at Virginia Tech, he took great interest in the next generation of planners. He was also a tireless APA volunteer. Just recently he had agreed to be involved in our 'Planning for Economic Prosperity' Task Force.

"Our hearts go out to his family. APA is making a donation to the Terry Hollzheimer Memorial Scholarship Fund established by the Arlington Community Foundation. He will be greatly missed."

Mr. Holzheimer earned a Ph.D. from George Mason University in public policy, with a specialization in regional development. He was certified in economic development by the International Economic Development Council, and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech.

He is survived by his daughter, Francesca, and her husband, Joseph Hammerstrom. His wife, Mary Benedette Pelletter-Holzheimer, died six weeks before him following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held on March 8 at St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia. 


Santo "Sam" Casella, FAICP
Sam Casella, planner, academic, and APA leader, died February 18, 2014, at the age of 69.

Santo "Sam" Casella, FAICPMr. Casella served as APA president from 1993 to 1995 and as president of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, from 2001 to 2003.

"While President of the American Planning Association I came to understand that urban planning that measures its success by the success of the communities it serves is the most effective kind of planning," Mr. Casella wrote on his professional profile on the LinkedIn website. "My biggest takeaway from having been President of the American Institute of Certified Planners is that urban planning rooted in striving to identify and serve the public interest is the most ethical planning."

At the time of his death, Mr. Casella was principal of The Planning Authority LLC in Belleair, Florida. Previously in his career he was planner-in-residence at Florida State University, principal of Casella & Associates, executive director of the Clearwater Downtown Development Board, and a planner in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"He blended well his roles as practitioner, planner-in-residence at FSU, and leader within APA," said APA CEO Paul Farmer, FAICP. "He will be missed among our community of planners."

Mr. Casella was inducted into the College of Fellows of AICP in the inaugural class of 1999. His nominators recognized him for "a major contribution to the practice of planning, particularly in the area of urban revitalization. ... Sam Casella epitomizes the practitioner who aspires to serve the public interest in every arena."

He is survived by his wife, Xiaoyun Casella, whom he met in Beijing in 2005, and by his children, Chloe House, Alex Casella, and Sam Casella, Jr.

Memorial services were held March 9 at Moss Feaster Funeral Home in Clearwater, Florida.

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