on March 24, 2014 - 4:43 PM
Dec. 12, 1963 – Feb. 25, 2014
Mark J. Mikulski left his mark across world and, to hear his family talk, in people’s hearts, as well.
The Amherst native-turned-FBI special agent died Feb. 25 after a long struggle with cancer, leaving behind a legacy that stretched from his Boy Scout troop in Virginia to colleagues in Moscow, London and Taipei. He was 50.
A graduate of Amherst Central High School and the University at Buffalo, Mr. Mikulski developed an early interest in computers, which led him to a career with the FBI and its Cybercrime Task Force in Washington, D.C.
“He represented the U.S. all across the world,” said his brother David. “He was on the cutting edge of using computers and technology to fight crime.”
It was a job that put him in the middle of several post-Sept. 11 terrorism investigations, including the Lackawanna Six case in Buffalo.
He later used his skills as part of the FBI’s efforts to modernize its hazardous waste response teams.
A former Army Reservist, Mr. Mikulski was remembered March 1 by more than 300 fellow agents, friends and family as part of a memorial ceremony in Washington.
The crowd also included members of his Boy Scout troop. That was a tribute, David Mikulski said, to his brother’s genuine interest in others.
“He was a great agent, but he also touched people’s hearts,” he said.
His survivors include his son, Scott; his ex-wife, the former Molly Ehrenreich; two brothers, Paul and David; and a sister, Lynn Conway.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered March 6 in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Amherst.