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Frank C. LoGuidice, engineer who helped redesign White House in 1950, dies at 88

Frank C. LoGuidice, an engineer, helped design the

Frank C. LoGuidice, an engineer, helped design the 1950 reconstruction of the White House. A longtime resident of Harbor Isle, LoGuidice died of complications from liver cancer in Rockville Centre. He was 88. Photo Credit: Family

Frank C. LoGuidice, an engineer who helped design the 1950 reconstruction of the White House, has died.

A longtime resident of Harbor Isle, LoGuidice died of complications from liver cancer Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre. He was 88.

LoGuidice grew up in Brooklyn and graduated in 1944 from Erasmus Hall High School, where he was class president and on the football and track teams.

He joined the Army Air Forces that September and was training to be a pilot when World War II ended.

He then went to Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated in 1948 with a degree in civil engineering.

He became a licensed professional engineer in New York State, practicing structural design.

Early in his career, he specialized in the design of heavy reinforced buildings.

He contributed to the 1950 reconstruction of the White House as a civil engineer. He worked on the design of the structural underpinning and construction of a new basement and mezzanine with a steel frame, his family said.

LoGuidice moved from Brooklyn to Harbor Isle with his wife, Rosalind, in 1953, where they raised their four children.

"I was always grateful that, as a child, my father took me from a very young age to the construction sites," said his son, Frank M. LoGuidice.

"When others were in crisis, whether it was work or life, he was always a calm, humble, and a kind listener," he said. "People sought out his advice and no matter how complex the problem, he had a solution. He changed people's lives for the better."

The elder LoGuidice worked for the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill from 1951 to 1960. He was the engineer in charge of structural plans and specifications for several projects, including the Jones Beach marine amphitheater, the United Airlines terminal at Kennedy Airport and the Union Carbide Building on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan, his family said.

While working at P.J. Carlin in New Rochelle, he was manager for construction projects including Nassau Community College and the City University of New York.

He was appointed deputy commissioner of the division of buildings in the Nassau County Department of Public Works, serving from 1976 to 1979.

Later in life, he continued to act as an engineering design consultant and expert witness for developers, contractors, engineers and law firms.

LoGuidice was preceded in death by his wife and son, James. In addition to his son Frank, he is survived by daughters Karen Murphy of Levittown and Marion LoGuidice of Westchester and four grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in Island Park. He will be buried at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury.

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