William J. "Bill" Pressley

  • Born: December 25, 1940
  • Died: February 19, 2018
  • Location: Newton Centre, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458

Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

William Pressley FASLA LEED AP, Landscape Architect
Bill Pressley of Newton Centre, MA passed peacefully on February 19, 2018 at the age of 77. Beloved husband, best friend, and business partner of Marion Pressley. Bill was the devoted father of Elaine Johnson and her husband Ronald L. Johnson, and much loved grandfather of Ryan Lee Johnson and Rowan Louis Johnson of Valencia, CA. Brother of Carolyn Pressley and her husband Marshall of Belfast, ME, Sam (James) Pressley of Bisbee, AZ and Patty Steele and her husband Glen of Camilus, NY.
Born in 1940 on Christmas Day in Trenton NJ to Walter and Wilma Pressley, Bill enjoyed biking and golfing and classic cars, but was defined by his love of design and its ability to improve the lives of everyone.
A graduate of the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, in 1967 with a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture Bill dedicated his life to the built environment. Bill was a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and member of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, the Society for College & University Planning, and the Urban Land Institute. He was the President and founder of Pressley Associates, Landscape Architects. Working with his wife and partner, Marion Pressley, developed a reputation as an innovative design firm capable of inventive and sensitive responses to challenging site programs. As a LEED-accredited practitioner, Bill brought his commitment to sustainability and green design to a broad range of academic, institutional, corporate, and residential work.
Bill's early years of practice included the current footprints of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Marketplace Center in Boston, for which he received special recognition at the White House. In 2009, the American Institute of Architects bestowed the prestigious Twenty- Five Year Award on Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In 1992, Bill was honored at the White House for his work in transforming the Northeastern University Campus (Boston) to a beautiful urban, pedestrian and transit-oriented campus.