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Israel Stollman collection of stereographs, 1850-1979, undated

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Stollman (Israel) collection

Biographical/Historical Note

Israel Stollman, FAICP, was an American urban planner. He was born in 1923 on the Lower East Side of New York, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. Stollman completed a BS in social science with an independent major in housing and planning from City College of New York in 1947 after taking two-and-one-half years off during World War II to serve in the Army Air Corps. The following year he received a master's degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stollman was then hired by the Cleveland Planning Commission as a junior planner and he also taught at Western Reserve University. In 1951, he became assistant planning director for the city of Youngstown, Ohio and rose to the position of planning director before joining the faculty of Ohio State University in 1957, where he was instrumental in establishing its graduate program in city and regional planning. He directed that program for the next decade.

Upon the death of Dennis O'Harrow in 1968 Stollman became the executive director of the American Society of Planning Officials (ASPO) in Chicago. During the 1970s, Stollman concentrated on recruiting Black urban planners to the board of the ASPO, opening the planning field to minorities, and preparing the merger of the ASPO with the American Institute of Planners (AIP), which resulted in the formation of the American Planning Association (APA) in 1978. Stollman served as executive director of the APA until his retirement in 1994, after which he remained active in the organization. In 1999, he became a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows. He also continued his teaching career at the University of Virginia Northern Virginia Center at Falls Church. Stollman died in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2005 while he and his wife Mary were visiting one of their three daughters.

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