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Bohdan George Kniazewycz, P.E. was born on November 22, 1947 to Theodor and Maria Kniazewycz in Erlangen, Germany; grew up in Nashville, Tennessee; and died peacefully at home in Alameda, California on August 15, 2013 after a long illness, which he endured with exemplary and selfless courage, determination, and patience.

George attended Vanderbilt University on an academic scholarship, receiving his B.E. in Chemical Engineering in 1969, followed by an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1971. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and later was promoted to Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. In a distinguished 43-year career, he initiated or was involved in several advanced and high-technology startups in the nuclear power, hazardous waste, and water treatment industries. In 1996, along with his long-time friends and business partners Charles E. Lemon and Paul DeBaldo, he founded Renovare International, Inc., of which he was President and Chief Technology Officer. He authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and technical presentations in his fields of expertise, which included radiation protection, radioactive hazardous and energetic waste management, robotics, and nuclear facility management.

George was an unconditionally loving, generous, loyal husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He had a brilliant and creative mind, constantly spinning off ideas-many of them far ahead of their time-and loved a good debate, always willing to be the devil's advocate if that's what it took to launch a heated argument. He loved good food and good wine and had an excellent palate that made him friends in every good restaurant he patronized. He was an Eagle Scout and gave his mother credit for her help and support in that achievement. He was a staunch Oakland Athletics and San Francisco 49ers fan, always rooted for the Vanderbilt Commodores in their football rivalry with his other alma mater the University of Tennessee, and followed California Golden Bears football on his wife Catherine's behalf.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Catherine Redig Kniazewycz, children Caitlin (Jordan), Theodore (Christina), and Diana Kniazewycz; sisters Victoria Garrett (Jack) and Helen Kniazewycz, and brother Ted Kniazewycz (Susannah); in-laws; a number of nieces and nephews; and many friends. The family thanks his caregiver and friend Brenda Okoli for her kind and loving care of him. George was preceded in death by his parents, Theodor and Maria, and his friend and brother-in-law John F. Redig.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on September 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, Alameda, California.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 25, 2013
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