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Husband to Elizabeth Marcu; father of Amanda Marcu, David Marcu, and Stephen Marcu; step-father of Victoria Rhoades and Michael Rhoades; grandfather of five; architect and business owner; Mihai “Mike” Marcu passed away in Naples, Florida on June 28, 2018 in the presence of his family. He had been living with Parkinson’s disease and was 81 years old. He was born in Bucharest, Romania on May 14, 1937 to Maria and Sandu Marcu. His father was a violinist and the conductor of the Romanian Royal Orchestra. Due to the political turmoil of the time, the family escaped Romania when Mike was two years-old while on tour with the orchestra and did not return. He lived throughout Europe and the Middle East until he came to New York City by himself at age 17 to follow his dream of becoming an architect in the United States. He studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, followed by Salem College, and then earned his degree in architecture from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh in 1965. He worked his way through school doing various jobs including washing dishes, delivering water coolers, selling shoes and ultimately working as an apprentice at architectural firm Ingham and McKinney in Pittsburgh. He became a partner there at age 28, as the firm became Ingham, Kaffka, and Marcu. He then subsequently became president and CEO of what would become IKM Inc. Under his leadership, he and his firm designed projects locally and nationally, while employing approximately 50 architects, engineers, and designers per year. Some notable projects include the Hillman Cancer of UPMC, the conversion and adaptive reuse of the National Landmark Allegheny County Jail to the Family Courts, the ice rink and fountain at PPG Place, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the renovation and addition to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. He had a passion for architectural design, which began sketching his dream homes as a child and continued drawing Christmas cards by hand late into his career. In addition to his work at IKM, he had served in the Army reserves and the board of the Birmingham Foundation. He was known for his sense of humor, love for food, quick wit, and the joy and pride he had from his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was loved and will be greatly missed by this family, friends, colleagues, and caregivers. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Robert. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to honor Mr. Marcu contribute to patient care programs at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center or to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Donations can be made as follows: Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B 5150 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (“Mike Marcu” on the memo line); or Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Special thanks is given to the staff of Premier Place at the Glenview in Naples, Florida, who helped to care for him during his final years. A memorial service will be held September 15th at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206.
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