Remembered for founding a community and shopping mall group called The Rouse Company, this urban development and real estate expert also established the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as the planned community of Columbia, Maryland.
After studying at the University of Hawaii, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland, he began working for the Federal Housing Administration.
In the late 1950s, his company constructed the first indoor shopping mall in the eastern United States.
He grew up in Easton, Maryland, as the son of Lydia Robinson and attorney Willard Rouse. He later married Elizabeth Winstead. His grandson, the famous Edward Norton, had a successful career as a screen actor.
His involvement in an urban renewal project known as The Baltimore Plan earned him national recognition and a place in President Dwight D. Eisenhower's National Housing Task Force of the 1950s.