In Memoriam


In Memory of

Dora N. Morozov (Nikolov)

March 8, 1930 - February 15, 2016


Dora N. Morozov, Longtime Port Authority senior aviation architect and planner, handled the master plan for La Guardia Airport, native of Bulgaria, 85 Dora N. Morozov, 85, died peacefully on Feb. 15, 2016, with her two loving daughters by her side.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, from 1:00pm to 4:pm at the Shook's Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, N.J. The funeral service will be at 2:00pm Committal services will be private.

Memories and condolences may be shared at  Born in Burgas, Bulgaria, on March 8, 1930, the young Dora embodied her Pisces sign - living, breathing and swimming along the Black Sea. She followed her father's profession as an architect, and learned the joys of family and cooking from her mother. As a budding professional, Dora oversaw the completion of several cultural institution projects, including an opera house, a beach resort and the restoration of a heritage site in the ancient city of Nessebar.

It was on its golden sands that she met the love of her life, Dorian Peter Morozov. Theirs was a love-at-first-sight romance that would carry them their entire 49 years together. With the rise of Communism in the 1950s, they planned their escape to the United States, leaving behind beloved family, friends and colleagues with only two suitcases, their young daughter, Polina, and the promise of a new life.

Soon after their arrival into New York City in 1965, they settled in Verona, N.J., where the birth of their second daughter, Petia, occurred and they were established as new Americans. Dora quickly learned her new language and explored a brief career in fashion before entering into a 33-year tenure at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a senior aviation architect and planner. Dora's greatest accomplishment was the master plan for La Guardia Airport, a project that would define her capacity to handle many scales of infrastructure, politics and human behavior. During that time, Dora and Dorian were always scheming how to make their children's lives better than their own; exploring their new country, learning new skills, building with their hands, adapting to harsh realities, hosting amazing parties, trying new cuisines, and in general, imparting a spirit of adventure that became their greatest gift to their family.

After losing Dorian in 2007, Dora made her grandchildren the light of her life, showering them with unconditional love, and completing her life's work to make their lives easier than it had been for herself. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, it was time for Dora to re-unite with Dorian. Their loss, and those of their generation, is immensely felt. Dora was many things during her long life, but the love and devotion she had for family and friends was central to who she truly was. How we miss you so.

Predeceased by her beloved husband of 49 years, Dorian Peter Morozov, Dora is survived by her daughters, Polly Morozov-Bulajic and her husband, Vuk, and Petia Morozov; grandchildren, Teddy and Anna Bulajic, and Niko Alcala; brother, Vladimir Nikolov, his wife, Margarita, and her nephew, Vilizar and his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Verona Rescue Squad, 12 Church St., Verona, N.J. 07044 or to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at

Published in Star-Ledger on Feb. 18, 2016

Dora N. Morozov (Nikolov)
Saturday, March 8, 1930 - Monday, February 15, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Shook's Cedar Grove Funeral Home
486 Pompton Ave.
Cedar Grove, NJ  07009

Service Information
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Officiating Rev. Slobodan Petkovski
Shook's Cedar Grove Funeral Home
486 Pompton Ave.
Cedar Grove, NJ  07009

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