Z. Alexander Swiecicki, 82, died in his Mount Lebanon, PA, home Friday, January 14, 2011, following a long struggle with cancer and heart disease. He was the husband of Barbara Orwid Swiecicki also of Mount Lebanon, who survives.


Z. Alexander Swiecicki, 82, died in his Mount Lebanon, PA, home Friday, January 14, 2011, following a long struggle with cancer and heart disease. He was the husband of Barbara Orwid Swiecicki also of Mount Lebanon, who survives.
Born May 12, 1928, Alexander was the son of Marian and Anna Swiecicki of Wilno, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania. As a young man in war-torn northeastern Poland, Alexander experienced the cruelties of Soviet occupation and Nazi labor camps and was part of the Warsaw Uprising.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by daughters Barbara Dyson of Hawley, and Alexandra Fairfield of Silver Spring, MD, as well as by a son, Mark, of Freising, Germany.  Grandchildren include Trevor and William Dyson of Hawley, PA, Alexander and Austin Cheney of Silver Spring, MD, and Sebastian, of Germany.
In post-war Europe, Alexander earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Esslingen, Germany, and in 1949 emigrated to the United States with his family.  He enlisted in the Army and served honorably during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He earned a B.A. in Economics on the GI Bill from Seton Hall University in 1957.
During the 1960s, Alex designed steel rolling machinery and coke ovens for several Pittsburgh based companies and applied this experience. During most of the 1970s he was technical project manager for construction direct iron ore reduction plants in Mexico, Germany, and Indonesia. From 1979 until his retirement, Alexander was lead mechanical engineer in the wind energy division of Westinghouse Electric, where hepioneered many of the demanding mechanical solutions as well as “crucial lessons” leading to the first megawatt-scale wind turbine utility project in Oahu, Hawaii. Alex and Barbara enjoyed many years living “on location” in the Asian-Pacific region.
His wide range of interests led him into an array of diverse entrepreneurial ventures including Partner and General Manager of Walt Harper’s Attic (Jazz Club) in Pittsburgh; General Manager of NYC-based Polish-language newspaper, Nowy Dziennik; General Manager of residential construction company DaJohn in Dunellen, NJ; owner/operator of the Aurora Hotel in Ocean Grove, NJ. After retiring in 1988, he consulted on environmental and energy projects in USA and Poland and on demilitarization projects for the former Soviet Union nuclear facilities.
During the last 20 years, Alex was a successful investor and arm-chair political commentator, taking great joy in counseling the young people he met at Mt. Lebanon Library while doing his daily research.
A service of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 20, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Lebanon Public Library or the Hawley Public Library.