In Memoriam: Frank McCurdy, AIA

AIA Pittsburgh remembers this Past President

By Posted on October 21, 2012

Frank G. McCurdy, 77, of Harrison Twp. passed away on Friday, October 12th, 2012, peacefully in his home.  Frank was born in Tarentum on March 6, 1935, the son of the late Irene (Robertson) and Frank M. McCurdy. A 1953 graduate of St. Joseph High School, he was instrumental in the design of the school’s new gymnasium. He completed the five year Architectural program at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1958, and he received his Master’s Degree in Urban Design from Harvard University in 1963. In 1982, he was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving a term as President of the Pittsburgh Chapter. He received many awards and honors for his work on international, national, and regional projects. He designed the Pavilion in Natrona as part of the Natrona Comes Together group.

He retired from Burt Hill Kosar Rittleman & Associates as Principal. In addition to serving on the Boards of Directors at “Burt Hill” and “Natrona Comes Together”, Frank also served on the Boards of the Brackenridge Heights Country Club, the Allegheny Valley YMCA, and the Community Library of Allegheny Valley.

Frank was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament church in Natrona Heights.

Frank enjoyed traveling with his wife, Ellie, and loved spending time with his family and many friends. He was an avid reader, a life long learner, and mentor to many architects and artists.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor (Geiger) McCurdy, his two daughters, Kimberly (Ted Woizeski) McCurdy of Asheville, NC, and Diane (Andrew) Faulkner of San Rafael, CA; grandchildren Frank and Theresa Faulkner; sister Doreen (Robert) Rivers, of Gibsonia; two brothers, Douglas (Paula) McCurdy, of Saxonburg, and David McCurdy, of Northboro, MA; and several nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by his son, Gary McCurdy, sister-in-law, Janice McCurdy, and niece, Sharon Weaver.

Frank will be buried next to his son in Sunset View Cemetary, Berkeley, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph High School, 800 Montana Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15065, or to OLMBS, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. To send a message of condolence, please visit

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