Timothy A. Michalak '95
Timothy A. Michalak '95 died Tuesday, March 25 at Beth Israel Hospital after a two-and-a-half year struggle with brain cancer. He was 24.
Michalak transferred to MIT as a sophomore from Northeastern University and received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.
"He was a real great guy," said Troy A. Gayeski '97, a Sigma Alpha Epsilon member who was rushed by Michalak. "He was the guy Ialways knew Icould trust. Iknew that everything he said was for real."
After graduation, Michalak took a job at Beth Israel Hospital in conjunction with Harvard Medical School in orthopedic biomechanics. His work there centered around the prevention of hip fractures in the elderly. He worked on the development of a hip pad to help alleviate damage from falls.
Michalak also worked with the neck rolls that football players wear. He had plans to attend graduate school in California.
He was diagnosed with brain cancer in October 1995. Michalak had been responding well to treatments, but his health took a turn for the worse in mid-March.
While at MIT, Michalak was a member of SAE, attaining the positions of house manager and vice president. Michalak played tight end for the MITfootball team.
Michalak was also active in community service. He volunteered at Massachusetts General Hospital and was active in Handiski, a program run by MIT faculty and students aimed to help handicapped children learn to ski.
Michalak enjoyed singing and playing the guitar and would often contemplate or decipher Pearl Jam lyrics with Gayeski.
Michalak is survived by his mother, Marilyn Michalak, his brother, John Michalak, and three nephews.
Michalak was originally from Peabody. A Timothy Michalak memorial fund has been established. The fund will provide a scholarship to a graduating senior from Peabody High School, where Michalak attended, to pursue an engineering major. To learn more about the fund or to donate, e-mail JulieAnn Villa '96 at firstname.lastname@example.org.