In Memoriam: Mark Mamolen, Member of Collectors’ Council

Mark Mamolen, a long-time friend of The Wolfsonian and a member of the museum’s Collectors’ Council, passed away unexpectedly in December at the age of sixty-seven. His sister, Julie Mamolen Bleicher, describes him as “an entrepreneur, an individual who lived on his own terms, a terrific storyteller, and someone who was a lot of fun to be around.” An independent private investor and the managing partner of Carl Street Partners, Mamolen was a key principal in the buyouts of Bendix Engine Products and Deflecta Shield Corp, a board advisor for Intellectual Property Development, and was involved with several other businesses. Before becoming an investor, he was with Pritzker & Pritzker as the principal non-family financial advisor to J. A. Pritzker; he also served as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He received an MBA from George Washington University and a JD from the University of Chicago. Mamolen split his time between Chicago and Miami Beach; in Chicago, he lived since the 1970s in properties decorated by the multifaceted artist Edgar Miller, including a house in Chicago that he extensively renovated with Miller’s help, and he was an enthusiastic collector and promoter of Miller’s work. Miller was a painter, wood carver, ceramist, sculptor, and stained glass designer whose work was often integrated into homes he worked on in elements such as tiles, stained glass, carved railings, and more. Mamolen presented a lecture on Miller at The Wolfsonian in 2010 and was a source for the book Edgar Miller and the Hand-Made Home: Chicago’s Forgotten Renaissance Man. “We are deeply saddened by the news of Mark Mamolen’s passing,” says Cathy Leff, The Wolfsonian’s director. “He was an enthusiastic supporter of the museum and his deep knowledge and passion for the work of Edgar Miller was an inspiration.” The Wolfsonian has been designated as one of two institutions to which people can make donations in Mark Mamolen’s honor; to do so, please contact or 305.535.2656.


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