Marciniak, Ed(ward) A. 1917-2004

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MARCINIAK, Ed(ward) A. 1917-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born December 21, 1917, in Chicago, IL; died of pneumonia, May 23, 2004, in Chicago, IL. Sociologist, educator, and author. Marciniak was an expert on public housing and was known for his strong position against the low-income high rises that he felt helped perpetuate poverty in the inner city. A graduate of Loyola University, where he earned a B.A. in 1939 and a master's in social administration in 1942, he taught sociology at his alma mater until 1949 and was director of the labor division at the Sheil School of Social Studies until 1953. While at Loyola, he proved to be a progressive by creating the university's first course in racial relations. His concern for social justice also led him to edit the magazine Work until 1960. During the late-1950s, he was international vice president of the American Newspaper Guild in Chicago, followed by seven years as director of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Marciniak became heavily involved with urban planning in 1967, when he was named deputy commissioner of the Chicago department of development and planning, and in 1973 he became president of the Institute of Urban Life at Loyola University, where he also worked as adjunct professor in urban studies. Among his books are Reviving an Inner City Community (1977) and Reclaiming the Inner City: Chicago's Near North Revitalization Confronts Cabrini-Green (1986).



Chicago Tribune, May 27, 2004, section 3, p. 9.