+ LEONARD MIROSLAW KRAZYNSKI + Nov 6, 1927 – Mar 28, 2011Apr 8th, 2011 | By cariat | Category: Latest news
Leonard Miroslaw Krazynski
November 6, 1927 – March 28, 2011
LEONARD M. KRAZYNSKI, age 83, of Sugar Land, Texas, died at home with his loving wife of thirty-eight years Diane by his side on Monday, March 28, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Poland on November 6, 1927.
Leonard had a zest for life and was known by family and friends as always having a wonderful song or witty poem to share. He loved his family and friends and golf. He had a passion for fishing from the pond in his backyard to the high seas, and his grandchildren, sons, friends and colleagues all participated.
From early on he led an accomplished life. Taken at the age of twelve from Poland, Russian troops declared him “an enemy of the revolution” and sentenced him to ten years of hard labor in a Russian prison camp. He survived this ordeal by learning Russian and working in the camp. Due to his resourcefulness he was able to escape with a group of men and made his way to Iran where The Allies then moved him to a refugee camp in Kenya. In Kenya in 1954, he was awarded a Democracy
Scholarship from the Institute of International Education that took him to Washington State University (WSU) where he lettered in men’s track and volleyball. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (with highest honors) in 1958 from WSU, and then went on to receive an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960.
He had a distinguished career as an expert in geotechnical and earthquake engineering, and as a Senior Executive and Member of the Board of the international engineering consulting firm Woodward-Clyde Consultants (WCC), where he worked
from 1960 to 1984. In 1972, he moved to Houston, TX, to start the Texas and Louisiana operations for WCC under the name Woodward Krazynski & Associates. He loved his career and continued in private practice for many years as a Forensics Engineering Specialist.
In 1972, Leonard married Diane Bonaparte, and his family grew to include his two children and Diane’s four. In 1998, the Polish Prime Minister Buzek appointed Leonard as the Polish Honorary Consul General for Texas. In this role, he got great
satisfaction out of the work he did on behalf of the local Polish community and the opportunities he had to help bring Polish culture and art to Texas. In recognition of his contributions, in 2003, he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of Merit, Poland’s highest civilian award.
Leonard was preceded in death by his son, Scott, in 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; sister, Irena Barych of London, England and her family; daughter, Kim; stepdaughters, Nancy Pritchard and Susan Thomas (husband Bob); stepsons, Rudy Bonaparte (wife Anna) and Joseph Bonaparte (wife Christine); and fifteen grandchildren.
Mirek participated in the POLISH UNIVERSITY CLUB while at Berkeley in the 60s and was very active in the Polish community while living in the Bay Area. Remaining a dear family friend over all these years, we will all miss him but are grateful we knew him. CT