With Great Regret, AIA New Jersey Announces the Passing of Michael D. Lingerfelt, FAIA

May 11, 2018

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The “Train the Trainer” event was held on April 1, 2016. Pictured from L to R: Tim Boyland, AIA AIANY: Mark Kruse, AIA AIANY: Verity Frizzell, FAIA: Kurt Kalafsky, AIA: Kimberly Bunn, AIA; Dan Horn Assoc. AIA NY; Justin A. Mihalik, AIA; Illya Azaroff, AIA AIANY; Michael D. Lingerfelt, FAIA, Trainer; Laurence E. Parisi, AIA, Co-trainer, in the “HURRICANE STRONG” pose.

With Great Regret, AIA New Jersey Announces the Passing of Michael D. Lingerfelt, FAIA

by Bruce D. Turner, AIA

It is with a very heavy heart that AIA New Jersey shares with all of you the very sad news of the sudden and unexpected passing on May 8, 2018, of one of my Strategic Council classmates, Michael D. Lingerfelt, FAIA. A friend to many and a leader and teacher to hundreds more, most members of AIA New Jersey may know Michael from our disaster assistance training program. Others may know him through other involvement in the AIA. Michael was a wonderful man. He was an avid storyteller, and as a Disney Imagineer, his stories always came to life as he spoke.
AIA New Jersey Past President and Resiliency Committee Chairman, Justin Mihalik, AIA, also knew Michael personally. Here are this thoughts, “I know that Larry Parisi and Verity Frizzell worked with Michael as much as I did, Larry much longer regarding the Disaster Recovery training.  Larry and I had dinner with Michael after our last training session and it was at a triple D’s location (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), which Michael liked to visit in the states that he visited.  It was a great time and he will be sorely missed.”
AIA New Jersey President Verity Frizzell, FAIA, has shared these remarks, “Michael Lingerfelt was a great storyteller who loved life and helping people.  His humor and compassion were evident from the moment you met him. I was proud to call him a friend.  He will be greatly missed.”
And from David DelVecchio, AIA, New Jersey Architects Political Action Committee Chairman, Past President and Regional Director of AIA New Jersey, “Mike was the kind of guy who would see you at an AIA event and would greet you like you were his long, lost friend who he hadn’t seen since childhood; and pick up like he just saw you last week. He always seemed to be genuinely glad to see you, even on those rare occasions when he had a bad day. I enjoyed many conversations over dinners at national meetings with Mike over the years. He had some very interesting stories to tell about his days at Disney. AIA lost a great asset with his passing. He was a true gentleman who I admired greatly. I will miss his ever-positive attitude and sense of humor.”

Certainly, his knowledge, skill, and abilities will be missed, but the absence of his kind and generous spirit will be most heartfelt. Please keep Michael’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. AIA New Jersey will be remembering Michael with a contribution to Mr. Lingerfelt’s Memorial Fund. To participate with a contribution, click here.


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