Family, friends and colleagues are remembering the life of Norma Merrick Sklarek, after she died at her Pacific Palisades home last Monday.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, Harlem-born Sklarek broke barriers when she became the first licensed female African American architect. Sklarek worked on Terminal 1 at the Los Angeles International Airport, as well as the American Embassy in Tokyo, said the report. However, she wasn't always assigned to high profile projects. After graduating with a degree in architecture from Columbia in 1950, employers turned down her application 19 times before landing a position with a city engineering department, according to the LA Times.
Sklarek's son, David Merrick Fairweather, told the LA Times his mother passed away due to heart failure.
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