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#29158
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
Jan Hird Pokorny passed away peacefully on May 20th at the age of 93.

He was a renowned Architect and Historical Preservationist. He was a Professor Emeritus and lecturer at Columbia University, and he served on the New York City Landmarks Commission. He was Chairman of the American Fund for Czechoslovak Refugees and of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association. In 2005 He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences at his Alma Mater, the Czech Technical University in Prague. His numerous awards are too many to list, and he touched many lives over the years through his philanthropic activities and architectural teachings. He was kind, generous, insightful, and above all humble. He was a great man -- from a generation forged by two world wars.

I was adopted and raised by him. His Spirit and teachings will live on within me.

He was, and always will be, my Father.


- Stefan Alexander Pokorny


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#29159
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
Rest well and fair travels on your next journey Mr. Pokorny.
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#29160
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
Peace to you and the loved ones you leave behind.

Stefan, let the lifetime of memories you made with your father comfort you in his absence. Hold onto those and he is never truely gone.
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#29161
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
We are all saddened by your loss.
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#29162
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
My condolences, Stefan. I can surely sympathize.
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#29163
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
My condolences on your loss.
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#29164
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
Sorry to hear that.
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#29165
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
Stefan,

My Dad went on February 25, 2008, so I can empathize with you completely. But remember this; it's just as Dr. McCoy's line from Star Trek II, about Spock's death; "He's not really gone, not as long as we remember him."
There's a LOT of times when that's the only thing that gets me through when I want to just pick up the phone and call Dad, just to tell him about something I just saw on TV, or read in a book or magazine, or just to say "Hey! How was YOUR day?" Because he was my best friend.
It doesn't matter how much of a 'manly man' you are, you'll cry, sooner or later; that's okay, this was DAD. And Mari will not lose any respect for you because of it; she'll probably respect you MORE, because it shows you're human. And it's going to hurt, every time you think of how you miss him. But remember this; whether he was suffering from a long, lingering illness, or from a sudden accident, or a heart attack, or whatever, he is NOT suffering NOW. And if you have any religion of any kind, you KNOW he's in a far better place than here. Only those of us still here are suffering the loss of your Dad.
Don't mourn Our loss; celebrate HIS LIFE. Believe me, it DOES Help.

You have my private e-mail available if you want to chat privately. Jeff or Doug can dig it out of the system. God keep you and Mari, and all your family.
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#29166
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
My condolences, He sounds like a very accomplished and fullfilled man.
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#29167
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
Thank you so much everyone for your messages. it is very much appreciated.

Papa was pretty ill for the last 6 months. If he was a young man it would have been tragic, but at 93 you can truly say that he had a long and fruitful Life. We were able to care for him here at Home in the last weeks and he appreciated that.

We will celebrate his Life and remember him as he was in his prime which for him was a great deal later than most folks. At the ripe age of 80-90yrs old he was STILL very active at Columbia University, the Landmarks commisson, and at his Architecture firm.

He will continue to Live through mother and I and his many students. My Wife was also deeply appreciative of his kindness in making her feel at home in a new land and a new family.

BTW, I hope it was not bad form to post these personal messages here on our web site, but as I have often said, this is not just a place of work for me. I feel a sense of community here among the forums, among other creative souls, and have always been free in expressing my feelings to all around me. We all cried deeply in the last few days and are unashamed. Life goes on. The cycle of Life continues, people pass and people are born...

Thanks again everyone.

Papa thanks you too.
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#29168
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
Sharing is never a bad thing!
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#29169
A Sad Note 6 Years, 6 Months ago  
Stefan, please...no worries about posting here. You have always made us collectors feel like we were a part of Dwarven Forge and your life. We thank you for sharing this with us too.

You are in our thoughts during this difficult week, and we wish you all the peace that time and reflection can bring.
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