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TTU DoLA Distinguished Alumni




Distinguished Alumni 2021



Kelly David Cook

Kelly Cook received a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech in 1988. Kelly is an award-winning designer providing planning, environmental design, and landscape architecture services throughout the Southwest. Kelly's work ranges from the long-range master planning of cities, collegiate campuses, and municipal park systems to the design of intimate residential courtyards, and the restoration and protection of fragile ecosystems.

Kelly is a Founding Partner and Principal of KDC Associates, an environmental planning and landscape architecture firm founded in 1994, at the time the firm was one of only two design-only landscape architecture firms west of the I-35 corridor in Texas.

Some 27 years later, KDC associates has represented in over 150 counties in Texas, as well as in 6 additional states, and the international market. In 2019 KDC was awarded the Texas ASLA Merit for Spring design. Kelly's firm has worked on many Texas Tech projects such as the School of Music's Master Plan and Texas Tech University Medical School Campus design.

Over the years Kelly has also mentored over a dozen high school students who went on to study landscape architecture at a higher education institution. Kelly is passionate about changing the public's mindset on water conservation in our home and cities over the next several decades and has spoken multiple times to the Texas Municipal League and others regarding water conservation issues in the state.

The whole family bleeds red and black, Kelly met his wife Carol at tech in 1986 while she pursued a degree in Marketing. They have two children who ended up meeting their spouses at Texas Tech. Elizabeth Cook Resch and her husband Patrick Resch both graduated from tech in 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in restaurant, hotel, management together they have a daughter Hayden. David Cook graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and his wife, Jennifer Cook graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning.

Thank you Kelly for being a + difference maker for DoLA!



Charles R. Eatherly

1961 and 1963 graduate of the Park Administration and Landscape Architecture Program has been recognized as our 2020 Distinguished Alumni. Charles' positive impact on our planet began as a student working with Professor Elo Urbanovsky on the first Texas State Parks Masterplan which led to a $75 million (1960s dollars) legislative action to grow and develop Texas State Parks.

After graduation Charles moved to Arizona where he has worked for 59 years as a landscape architect and park planner for Maricopa County and Arizona State Parks. While with Arizona State Parks he became the lead for park acquisitions and liaison to the Governor and legislature. In this role he led the acquisition of incredible park lands including Dead Horse Ranch and Kartchner Caverns.

Thank you Charles for being a + difference maker for our planet and for all people who venture outside!

Learn more about Charles here.