David Godschalk


Updated July 2018 – For nearly 40 years, Dr. David Godschalk shaped how generations of planners and academics understand and respond to climate change, natural disasters and emerging land use issues. We invite you to join the College, Carolina Planning and Dave’s family for an extraordinary event to honor his legacy on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill.  We miss his thoughtful and inspiring presence and hope that you will be able to join us to honor him just as he would have wanted.  Event details: https://planning.unc.edu/godschalksymposium/

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of David Godschalk on January 27, 2018. Affiliated with the City and Regional Planning Department at UNC Chapel Hill for nearly 40 years, Dr. Godschalk influenced generations of planners and academics and received the highest honors in the field, including the ACSP Distinguished Educator Award and the APA President’s Award.

An urban planner intrigued with design, Godschalk shaped his life and work in response to outside events and emerging needs. Increasing natural hazards and climate change impacts inspired him to propose ways to build community resilience to flooding, sea level rise, and other shocks and disasters. Through decades of service to campus, community, state, and nation, he displayed a remarkable capacity to inspire, collaborate and build consensus. In retirement, he turned his skills to campus and neighborhood planning, as well as watercolor painting. Along the way, Dave found deep satisfaction in searching for optimal city designs, artistic compositions, and fulfilling relationships. In 2017, he published Searching for the Sweet Spot: A Planner’s Memoir. Searching for the Sweet Spot tells Dr. Godschalk’s personal story.

Stories about Dave:
The Daily Tar Heel: David Godschalk, former UNC professor and town planner, dies
The Herald Sun: David Godschalk, who helped shape the UNC campus, remembered
Obituary: David Robinson Godschalk

To make an online gift to the Godschalk Fellowship fund

To send a check to the Godschalk Fellowship fund:
Make check payable to The Arts and Sciences Foundation
(please annotate in the memo line:  “100688-Godschalk Fellowship”)

Mail to:
The Arts and Sciences Foundation – Buchan House
523 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Godschalk collage of image

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