It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Founder John Banicki, Jr. on April 3, 2019. Mr. Banicki resided in Huntington Woods and is survived by his wife of 48 years, Katherine, four children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Anastasia and John Banicki, Sr. and his sister Adele Andrews.
John Banicki, PE, was the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc. (TEC) made many contributions to the engineering community. However, John felt that his most significant contribution to the community and to society in general, was his enlistment and service as a Naval Aviator in the US Navy in WW II, where he served as a Lieutenant in the Pacific Operations.
After serving as a pilot and spending many months on the U.S.S. Onslow aircraft carrier, John “wanted to keep both feet on the ground for a while” so, he returned to Wayne State University and pursued a profession in civil engineering. What followed was an engineering career that spanned 50+ years. During that time he was directly involved in the construction of a multitude of Michigan landmarks including the Ford Auditorium, Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit Renaissance Center, Lafayette Park, and the Detroit People Mover. In 1966, he and his wife Katherine founded TEC setting the tone for many years to come as a family-owned business. Today, TEC is a multi-million dollar engineering consulting firm.
John was active in many professional trade organizations such as AIA Michigan (honorary member), AGC Michigan, the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE), and the National Society of Professional Engineers. John received many awards for engineering excellence and distinguished service including the MSPE Engineer of the Year Award in 1979, as well as his induction into the Engineering Hall of Fame at Wayne State University. His commitment to the profession is demonstrated not only by the organizations he worked for, but also by the individual people he helped along the way. He developed a tutoring program for young Polish engineers and continues to sponsor an annual engineering scholarship at WSU.
John Banicki’s commitment to the industry will continue to thrive through the many people that worked for and with him at TEC, including his wife Katherine (President) and daughter Johanna (Marketing Representative). We mourn his passing, but will continue to celebrate his life and rejoice in his vision and entrepreneurial spirit.
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