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John Michael

John Michael, professor/architect, formally of Post Oak Farm, Macungie, died Oct. 22, 2019. He was the husband of the late Gwen (Hubert) Michael with whom he shared 60 years of marriage and partnership in architecture/interior design and teaching. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna (Miklos) Goduscik.

He attained the rank of Eagle Scout with gold, silver and bronze palms. He was a member of the Camp Trexler 66 Club and Order of the Arrow.

He graduated from Emmaus High School, Class of 1946, where he participated in football, basketball, track and field and was a District 11 champion in long jump and high jump.

He enlisted in the Army and served with the 25th Division Japan Occupation Force.

He graduated from Perkiomen Preparatory School, Pennsylvania State University, B. Architecture, Pratt Institute, M. Architecture. As an undergraduate at Penn State he received The American Institute of Architects Award for Excellence in the study of architecture. He was a member of honorary fraternities: Scarab (Architecture), Pi Gamma Alpha (Fine Arts).

He joined the architectural firm of Heyl-Band-Miller in 1955 and became a registered architect and associate partner. In 1957 he established his namesake architectural firm to practice architecture and interior design.

He held registrations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Florida and was certified by the National Council Architectural Registration Board and National Council Interior Design Qualification.

He developed the architectural and interior design departments at Northampton Community College and served as professor and chairman for 30 years. He served as academic dean of the New York School of Interior Design; received the 1974/75 Outstanding Educator of America Award for advancement of higher education and service to community and the 1979 Excellence in Teaching Award from Northampton Community College.

Upon his retirement was bestowed the rank of Professor Emeritus of Architecture.

He served as first chairman of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission, was a past member of the board of directors of The Swain School, past president of Alton Park Lions Club, charter member and past president of the Eastern Chapter American Institute of Architects, past director and secretary of the Pennsylvania Society of Architects.

His architectural practice received awards for excellence in design from the Pennsylvania Society of Architects for the Harris residence, Brookhaven Development, Haff residence, St. Ann Catholic Church; National Design Competition Honor Awards for the Carrier Air Conditioned House, Porcelain Enamel Institute Elementary School, first prize and commission for Harrisburg Old Water Works and first prize in the International Furniture Design Competition for furniture in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis-Brown House in Los Angeles sponsored by the International Society of Interior Designers, Interior Design magazine and Trust for Preservation of Cultural Heritage.

His designs have been published in House Beautiful, Interior Design, Architectural Record, The Charette, Architectural Forum, books and newspaper articles.

Contributions may be made to the Northampton Community College-Gwen and John Michael Endowment.

He is survived by his daughter, Gayl and her husband, Eric Schultz, of Sunset Beach, N.C.

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