Mark Astrup

Mark Astrup (November 21, 1901 - June 13, 1993)

Born in 1901, Mark H. Astrup attended the University of Washington and then Oregon Agricultural College, from which he graduated in 1925 with a degree in Agriculture. After completing his undergraduate work, he worked at Doty, Doerner and Doris, a landscape architecture firm in Portland.

In 1933, Astrup joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, working as landscape foreman at Deception Pass State Park in northwest Washington. He was later promoted to assistant regional director, based in Portland, and then transferred to San Francisco. Just before World War II broke out, he was “loaned” to the Army to build recreational camps for soldiers, and was given a commission as a lieutenant colonel.

Following the conclusion of the war, Astrup was offered a job with the Oregon State Highway Commission as assistant state park superintendent. He later served as state park superintendent from January 1961 to July 1962. He retired from his landscape architecture private practice in 1968 and passed away in 1993 at the age of 91.