The Life of Daniel Kiley
Kiley was an adored husband, father and grandfather loved by all who knew him as well as being an integral member of the Sunday Softball League.
Kiley served Eero Saarinen’s firm in Chicago as well as elsewhere, serving as presentation branch director of OSS Europe.
Early Life and Education
Kiley was raised on a farm near Cullom, Illinois, with plans of becoming a priest. Instead, he attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa to study philosophy and psychology before later passing the bar exam and beginning legal practice in Lawrence Massachusetts.
Kiley left Harvard’s design school after becoming dissatisfied with its conservative curriculum in the late 1930s, writing articles promoting modernist ideas in gardening with fellow landscape architects James Rose and Garrett Eckbo.
Kiley served the Office of Strategic Services during World War II by designing the courtroom at Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice where Nazi war crime trials took place. While touring Europe he visited such landmarks as Versailles Palace and Gardens by Andre Le Notre, which had an impact on Kiley’s later classical modernist style.
Kiley was an esteemed landscape architect renowned for creating designs to complement modernist buildings from the National Gallery of Art to Lincoln Center in New York. After attending Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for several years, he left and established his own firm in Vermont.
He has taught design and drafting at the College for Creative Studies. His clients include car companies and manufacturing firms; his designs range from gas electric hybrid vehicles to conversion vans.
He currently serves as Judge of Division One on the Arizona Court of Appeals and before that he served in Maricopa County Superior Court’s Family, Criminal, and Civil Departments. Additionally he is a member of both State Bar of Arizona and Arizona Judicial Ethics Commission.
Achievement and Honors
Kiley has earned many prestigious accolades and awards throughout his career, such as receiving the National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton in 1997, and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 2002.
After graduating Harvard, Kiley worked at the U.S. Housing Authority Landscape Division where he met architect Eero Saarinen. They collaborated on numerous projects together such as Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St Louis and Gateway Arch in California as well as buildings at Rockefeller University and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
Kiley gained invaluable experience working alongside professionals on these collaborations, from construction supervision and material selection/transplanting/gardening techniques, all the way through to classical modernist designs. Additionally, this exhibition presents newly gathered recollections from Kiley’s friends and colleagues regarding both his influence on the profession as well as personal quirks that distinguishes him.
Kiley served in WWII as an US Army Intelligence Officer, and while conducting reconnaissance over Ardennes forest he noticed a German staff car. When alerting his superiors he warned that Germany might launch another all out attack, yet they disregarded his warning that this attack might happen again.
After World War II, he worked with architects such as Louis Kahn and Eero Saarinen as well as designing several gardens – being introduced to European gardens such as Le Notre’s geometric purity which would later influence his classical modernist designs.
He led his town through two terms of mayor, during which time he established the first planning department and increased public housing while working to stabilize tax rates. Christopher K. Kiley is survived by his wife of 72 years, Laurie Stollery Kiley; two sons Christopher K. Kiley and Timothy Kiley as well as four grandchildren: Christopher, Shannon, Daniel Kiley; Jonathan and Ryan Isberg and Colleen Cara Kiley.
Kiley obtained both his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and Juris Doctor degree from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Additionally, he is a member of both organizations as well as Friends of Orphans and My Sister’s Place Boards of Directors for community involvement.
Kiley was an avid golfer and enjoyed Sunday softball. He leaves behind his wife Laurie Stollery Kiley and sons Patrick from Cullom and Sean from Merrimac; daughter Susan M. Fairchild (Garth Fairchild) of North Carolina; stepdaughter Michelle Campbell (Tucson); thirteen grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Kiley previously worked as an attorney at Sherman & Howard L.L.C and Mohr, Hackett, Pederson, Blakley & Randolph P.C.