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Dr. Paul Makara

October 16, 2008
Lake Placid News
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Dr. Paul Makara, 77, beloved husband, father and friend, died Saturday morning, Oct. 11, 2008.

A renowned professor emeritus of music performance at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Makara graduated from Juilliard, Eastman, and the University of Michigan and served in the Marine Band Orchestra from 1955 to 1957.

An active concert violinist and chamber music musician, Dr. Makara was the first violinist and founding member of the Bowling Green String Quartet and organized and performed many concerts with the quartet in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. As a soloist, he appeared with the Detroit Symphony, the Marine Band Orchestra, the Eastman-Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

Dr. Makara also served for many years both as concertmaster of the Toledo Symphony and as assistant concertmaster of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and performed a solo recital every year for the university community during his 40-year tenure at BGSU.

As a professor, he was a highly respected coach and mentor and received the Distinguished Teacher Award from BGSU for his work. In addition to his numerous musical accomplishments, Dr. Makara was an award-winning photographer and active member of the Toledo Camera Club, a gourmet cook and an avid hiker who climbed 100 peaks in the Adirondack Park.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pamela Fair Makara; his sister Florence Lukashuk of Northville, Mich.; his daughter Christina Biron (Ron) of Dartmouth, Mass.; his son Michael Makara (Pam) of Billings, Mont.; and his grandson Ray Paul Biron of Dartmouth, Mass.

A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Oct. 15 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in, Bowling Green, Ohio. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery in Lake Placid.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to the BGSU Dr. Paul Makara Scholarship Fund, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra or the Adirondack Mountain Club.

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