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Botoman George Botoman, 87, died peacefully with his family by his side on July 8, 2013, after a long illness. He is survived by Rodica, his wife of 60 years; by his son, Vlaicu Alin; and by his grandchildren, Alexander, Maureen, and Eleonor Alina. George was born in Vistea, Romania. He became a geologist and for 20 years headed the Exploration Section of the Romanian Geological Survey. In 1969 he decided to leave from behind the Iron Curtain, and immigrate with his family to the United States in 1970. He attained a Masters Degree from Ohio State University, and worked for 20 more years for the Ohio Geological Survey. His research work made a major contribution to understanding the geology of Ohio, and is still being used as a reference. After retirement, he worked tirelessly to support the Romanian Program at Ohio State University, founded by his wife. He and Rodica moved to Florida in 2002. George was an extra-ordinary, husband, father, and grandfather with amazing devotion to his family. He also gave of himself to many, helping them selflessly in their time of need, and a pillar of strength and wisdom to all. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him, and will forever live in our hearts. The viewing will be on Sunday, July 14 from 4-8 p.m. at KRAEER-FAIRCHILD FUNERAL HOME, 4061 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308; phone 954-565-5591. The Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15 at The Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, 1850 SW 60th Terrace, Miramar, FL 33023; phone 954-786-9866. A funeral procession will follow to Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to The Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, 1850 SW 60th Terrace, Miramar, FL 33023, phone 954-786-9866.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch from July 11 to July 12, 2013
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