NEW CANAAN, Conn. Aleksander Markiewicz, 93, of New Canaan, died April 1 in Wilton Meadows.
A retired architect from West Bloomfield, Mich., Markiewicz moved to New Canaan in 2008 to be closer to his son's family.
He was born May 14, 1918, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and was married to Maria Cybulska Markiewicz.
After graduating from the Jesuit High School in Vilnius, Lithuania, Markiewicz enrolled in the Polish War College in Warsaw to study army engineering. With the German invasion of Poland underway in September 1939, he served in the Polish army and joined the underground Polish Home Army during the occupation.
Following the war, he earned a masters degree in architecture from Warsaw University of Technology and architectural design became the passion of his life. During the 1950s, Markiewicz designed numerous buildings in Warsaw as Poland strove to rebuild after the wars devastation. For his efforts, the Polish government awarded him numerous medals, including the Gold Cross of Merit.
In 1960, Markiewicz traveled with his wife and son to Baghdad, Iraq, where he practiced architecture for three years. The family immigrated to the U.S. in 1963 and settled in Michigan. After gaining U.S. citizenship and completing professional exams, Markiewicz became partner and chief designer with Sherman Associates in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Upon retirement, he and his wife participated in numerous international architectural competitions. In 2008, they moved to New Canaan and in recent years, his life was quiet, although he always kept in touch with the current world of architecture and enjoyed the company of his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Mark (Katherine) Markiewicz, of New Canaan; a sister, Irena Markiewicz, of Rowdon, Canada, and three grandchildren.
A Mass will be held April 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan. There will also be a Mass, followed by burial, in Warsaw.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Committee for the Blind of Poland, P.O. Box 412, Gracie Station, New York, NY 10028. Hoyt Funeral Home in New Canaan is in charge of arrangements.
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