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ORPUT, Alden Eugene

November 19, 2013 5:36 AM

82, passed away Nov. 15th after a brave two year battle with ALS. He was surrounded by his loving family at his home in Burr Ridge, Il. A service will be held on Dec. 5th at 11am at Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford IL. 61107 (815-229-9390).

Alden was a dedicated husband and father who married Joanne Adamson 58 years ago in Rockford, IL. They have four children: Jeffrey (Deb) Orput of Rockford; Kimberly Orput (S.L.) van der Zanden of Chicago; Deanne Orput (John) Parker of Barrington Hills; and Gregory (Cristen) Orput of Hinsdale. They also have ten grand children and one great grandchild. His brother, Douglas (Gail), predeceased him in 2009. His brother-in-law, Ronald Adamson (Alta Jo), lives in Fremont, California.

A long-time resident of Rockford, Chicago and Santa Barbara, CA, Alden was born on August 18, 1931 to Raymond and Hilah (Greer) Orput in Rockford, IL. He was a graduate of East High School (Rockford) and attended Principia College. An honor graduate of the University of Illinois, Department of Architecture and Engineering (1955), Alden was elected a University of IL Campus Leader, a member of the Gargoyle Honorary Architectural Society and an Allerton Scholar for Architecture History.  He was a member of the Alpha Rho Chi Architecture Fraternity and of the Harvard Business School, Owners Presidents Program.

After graduation he was a proud member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served in the US and Europe as 2nd Lieutenant. He served in the Combat Platoon of the U.S. Army Engineers in Murnau, Germany from 1955-1957.

Alden joined the family business, Raymond A. Orput & Associates, Architects, Engineers and Planners in Rockford in 1957. He led the development of the firm for the next 25 years. At its peak, they operated in a multi-state area with five offices, primarily working with schools and various public buildings. At that time, Orput Associates was one of the 500 largest professional firms in the United States. They received numerous design awards and six national awards from the American Association of School Administrators. Alden was blessed with a remarkable collection of clients who placed enormous trust in him and the firm to deliver award- winning public buildings. He also worked with some of the very finest design and engineering talent in the Midwest. At one time, Alden was the Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and served as president of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He spoke at the National Symposium on Designing Large Public Schools.

Orput Companies currently oversees large scale land development and the development, ownership and management of shopping centers, industrial offices and Housing for the Elderly. He worked with his sons Jeff and Greg to continue this family business of real estate development.

During his years in Rockford, Alden was very active with the Rockford Park District and served as an elected Park District commissioner. He was the catalyst for the River Walk development, expanded the park district lands and worked with Webbs Norman to build the Riverview Ice House.

Alden had a zest for life, loved beauty and adventure, and valued his love of nature, travel and his home environments. He loved visiting the national parks and many European countries with his family. He sought to better understand other cultures and religions through extensive global travels. It was a point of accomplishment that he trekked through the Himalayas and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro on his 70th birthday.

Alden held memberships in The Union League Club of Chicago; Foundation for the University of Illinois; Southwest Blue Book; Ellings Park, Santa Barbara Board of Directors; and the Foundation Board for Santa Barbara City College.

Thank you to Independence Plus, his loving caregivers, Journey Care Hospice, and the University of Chicago ALS Clinic. In lieu of flowers, contributions in the name of Alden E. Orput should be mailed to the Mount Calvary Monastery, 505 E. Los Olivos, Santa Barbara, CA. 93105.

Additional Sentiment:

My deepest gratitude

To the wonderful Santa Barbara Community

Who has treated my family and me 

With a generosity of spirit and support

The beauty of the community is unquestioned

But the beauty is dwarfed by the people

Who dwell in this very special place

Alden E. Orput



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