Michael William Mecklenburg
Michael William Mecklenburg, 59, of Greenville, SC, died Friday, April 14, 2017.
Mike moved to Greenville from New York a decade ago to be closer to family after the death of his younger brother, Steve. Mike brought to the community a deep knowledge of architecture and design and he developed a passion for preserving Greenville's historical heritage. A volunteer generous with his time and expertise, Mike applied his understanding of historic preservation and urban planning to help make Greenville a better place to live.
Mike served on the Architectural Design Review Board for the City of Greenville. He was an active member of the Col. Elias Earle Historic District Association, serving as webmaster and past president. He previously served on the boards of Project Care and the Emrys Foundation, and he participated in the Greenville Police's Citizens Academy.
Born March 27, 1958 in Austin, TX, Mike grew up in France, where he attended the American School of Paris. He graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY with a BA degree and obtained a Master's in Historic Preservation from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, New York. Mike also held a Certificate in Fine/Studio Art from the National Academy School of Fine Arts, New York.
After working briefly in advertising in New York City, Mike found his niche--architectural preservation--working for 22 years as project director for RESTORE, a not-for-profit educational corporation that offers educational services related to building conservation and preservation.
Mike had recently established a new not-for-profit organization that would have focused on Greenville's need for low income housing while preserving historic structures. He leaves behind a community that benefited enormously from his advocacy for smart growth and his knowledge of historical preservation.
An accomplished artist, Mike worked primarily in watercolors, and never went anywhere without his supplies. He often traveled to Maine in the summers, taking along his beloved dogs, stopping to paint land and waterscapes with friends he had met at the National Academy.
A gifted conversationalist, Mike enjoyed meeting new people, and enlivened many dinner parties. He was a voracious reader, who delighted in reading books aloud to children. He took great joy in debating ideas and having intense conversations about politics, history, design and urban planning, as well as the latest episode of "Game of Thrones" or "The Walking Dead."
Mike loved nature and animals, especially his dogs, Izzy, a Welsh Terrier and Nicky, a long wire-haired miniature dachshund. He cared for many animals over the course of his life, especially rescue and shelter dogs.
Mike cherished spending time with his family, and he was a doting uncle. He had an eclectic group of friends here and around the world. Mike is survived by his parents, William and Eleonore Mecklenburg of Naples, FL and Greenville, SC; a sister, Karen Petrosky (Wayne) of Matagorda, TX; his brother Will Mecklenburg (Catherine) of Greenville, SC and their children, Emma, Liam and Natalie; his sister-in-law Kathy Mecklenburg of McLean, VA and her children, Anne Charlotte (Will Hopkins), William Mecklenburg and Stephan Mecklenburg. He is predeceased by his brother, Stephen Mecklenburg.
Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at The Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Dr., Greenville. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. Interment in Arlington, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenville County Animal Care, 328 Furman Hall Rd., Greenville, SC 29609.
Online guest registry available at www.mackeymortuary.com