The Birmingham Foundation serves as a change agent for twelve South Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
Mike came to this country at age 18 with $5 in his pocket and unable to speak a word of English. When he retired from work at age 70, he was founder and principal of IKM, an internationally recognized architecture firm. Shortly after retirement, he had a serious head injury due to a fall. He spent 6 weeks in the brain injury wing of Mercy Hospital, a wing that he designed.
I once asked this internationally acclaimed architect what was his favorite project. He told me it was the plaza at the PPG buildings, downtown, which hosts ice skating in the winter, and water fountains in the summer. He was most proud of that design because it could be enjoyed by all people, young and old alike.
Mike served our foundation for many years, including Vice President and grant committee chair.
I had a wonderful conversation with Mike’s wife Betsy yesterday, who informed me that there will be a memorial service at Calvary Church, Shadyside on September 15. More to follow.
Mike, Rest in peace. We love you.
The opportunity to submit a Letter Of Intent to be considered for the Spring, 2018 Grant Cycle has ended. Please watch our website this summer to see the dates for the 2018 Fall Grant Cycle.
If you submitted a Letter of Intent for the Spring Cycle, you should have received an e-mail with instructions on your next step. As always, if you have any questions, please contact Mernie at 412-481-2777 or by e-mail at email@example.com.