April 18, 1932 – April 11, 2019
William Dorsky is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 30 years, CeeCee Hodgson, and his children, Sharon Gerold, Steven (Patti), Robert (Maria), Jodi, Dorsky Krone; Grandchildren, Nicolas Gerold, Lynn Krimmer (Michael), Matt Dorsky (Sarah), Allison Dorsky, Marissa Dorsky, Jessica Dorsky, Ryan Krone, Jake Krone and Jack Dorsky. Great Grandchildren Josie, Katelyn, Evan and Norah.
William, who combined a passion for architecture with an entrepreneurial spirit, died April 11, 2019, just days short of his 87th birthday. Born April 18, 1932, Dorsky was the second child of Jack and Mae Dorsky. Although he was a successful businessman, Dorsky never forgot his humble roots and enjoyed sharing stories of growing up in the Glenville neighborhood, where he played basketball and tennis, and spent his summers on a Catskills Hotel basketball team at night and Busboy by day. These values formed his philanthropic support of Jewish and social services, such as University Hospitals, Cleveland Jewish Federation and Fairmount Temple. Dorsky founded what is now Dorsky + Yue International over 60 years ago and under his leadership the firm worked on high profile projects for national clients. What started as a sole proprietorship, evolved into an award-winning international architecture firm focused on creating mixed-used environments for living, working and entertaining. For Dorsky, the recognition was never in awards or recognition, but in drawing out the most innovative and fresh ideas from his staff. Graduating from Western Reserve School of Architecture, Dorsky started his career at Garfield Harris Robinson Shafer through to its evolvement into Van Dijk Pace Westlake. After forming William Dorsky Associates in 1960, the firm expanded into Dorsky Hodgson + Partners in 1995 when Dorsky named Cornelia Hodgson as a partner to grow the firm's senior living studio. Dedicated to championing the firm's work in creating sensitive environments for seniors, Dorsky was appointed to the White House Conference on Aging in 1981, to represent the architect's key role in designing gerontologically sensitive environments. Throughout his career, Dorsky supported organizations to advance the field of architecture and was involved in such professional associations as the American Institute of Architects, the Society of American Registered Architects, Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers. Along with his architect wife, CeeCee Hodgson, Dorsky was an avid supporter and advocate for arts organizations, but none more than his passion for Dancing Wheels. From his initial involvement on a small project for Dancing Wheels, Dorsky remained inspired by their incredible mission and served on their Board of Directors for more than 15 years.
Services will be held at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel, 1985 South Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 12:00 P.M.
Interment to follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to The Cleveland Jewish Federation or Fairmount Temple.
The family will receive immediately following the services at Beechmont Country Club, 29600 Chagrin Boulevard, Orange Village, OH 44122. Monday and Tuesday from 6-9 PM at the Dorsky Residence at 5150 Three Village Drive - #G, Lyndhurst, OH 44124.
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April 12, 2019
MAY HE REST IN PEACE We have been friends since we were 5 years old but every thing in life we had no seen each other in may years Since I live in Cincinnati Ohio for over 50 years