Donald C. Makofsky (1939-2020)
It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of the last of MMI’s founding principals, Mr. Donald C. Makofsky.
Mr. Makofsky received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in 1963 and 1968, respectively. In 1975 Edward R. Morphy, Donald C. Makofsky, and G. Emile Masson started the firm of Morphy, Makofsky, Masson. Mr. Makofsky continued to practice as a structural design engineer along with assuming the responsibilities of an owner as well as project manager and assisting junior engineers in developing their skills to become proficient designers.
Mr. Makofsky wrote the following at the time of his retirement in 2015:
“I have spent 50 years in the structural engineering field, a field in which I love and will always love. From 1960’s and early years of learning at A.W. Thompson & Associates - the 1970’s and the New Orleans Hotel boom - the 1980’s and the New Orleans World’s Fair - the 1990’s with the construction of the Aquarium and the Harrah’s Development - to the turn of the century and the rebuilding and reconstruction of our city following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; engineering and this firm has been an integral part of my life. In the span of my 50 plus engineering years, there are many projects that have challenged and enriched my career. From these past and present projects, the engineering staff at Morphy, Makofsky, Inc. has been able to share in those experiences of working on the many diverse projects that have passed through our doors.”
His love of engineering and influence on those lucky enough to have worked for him and alongside him will last for years to come. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. MMI will continue to uphold and maintain the excellence in engineering set by Mr. Makofsky.