Donald C. Makofsky

June 28, 1939 ~ November 11, 2020 (age 81)


Donald Charles Makofsky, Sr., 81, passed away November 11, 2020. Mr. Makofsky was a life-time New Orleanian. He attended Saint Aloysius and earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a
“yout,” as he would say. He later attended Tulane University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1963) and M.S. in Civil Engineering (1969). He was a founding partner, owner, and president of Morphy, Makofsky, Inc. He was a member of ASCE, ACI, CEC, Prestress Concrete Institute, Deep Foundation Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, and the New Orleans Department of Standard and Appeals. Throughout his forty-plus years at MMI, Mr. Makofsky worked on various projects for Audubon Zoo, the 1984 World’s Fair, the Aquariums of America, Xavier University, Loyola University, Tulane University, the New Orleans International Airport, Charity Hospital, LSU Medical School, and Children’s Hospital, just to name a few. Put simply, the landscape of New Orleans would not be what it is today without the expertise and diligence of Mr. Makofsky, who put his heart and soul into every structure he oversaw. Mr. Makofsky was also a parishioner at St. Pius X Church, a member of Metairie Country Club, a member of Eastover Country Club, and a former president of the Maskers Club. He was known for his sense of humor, his charisma, his love of food, and his generosity, but most of all he was known for his love for his family and friends. Mr. Makofsky is survived by his wife of 57 years Dione Davenport Makofsky; his son Donald Charles Makofsky, Jr. (Paula); his daughter Maureen Makofsky Morici (Mark); his granddaughter Abigail Morici; his grandson Blake Makofsky; his youngest granddaughter Meagan Morici; and his sister Louise Abry (Herman). Also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents, Imelda Makofsky and Herman T. Makofsky and brother Herman Makofsky. He will be joining his beloved dog Pepper in heaven. A private service was held for the family at St. Pius X Church on Saturday. For those, who wish, donations are requested for St. Pius X Church or the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in Mr. Makofsky’s name.

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