BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.-Charles McLaughlin, editor of papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, died at the age of 76. Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park as well as other twenty city parks. Charles McLaughlin researched Olmsteads letters and documents and edited several books on Olmstead. Five of nine volumes of these documents have already been published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Charles Capen McLaughlin was born on January 20, 1929 in Boston. He graduated from Yale and taught at American University in Washington.
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) for decades guided the development of cities and suburbs across the United States, leaving a well-known legacy of winding parkways and urban green preserves that are enjoyed, studied, and protected today. Although he never wrote a single, comprehensive treatise explaining and defending his theories, Olmsted's plans and reports offer a rich opportunity to trace the innovative ideas about landscape architecture and urban design. These documents also help to explain why historians, landscape architects, conservationists, city planners, students, and citizens' groups continue to turn to Olmsted for ideas about the development and conservation of green spaces in urban areas.