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Ranko Bojanic


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Ranko Bojanic Obituary
Bojanic Ranko Bojanic, age 92, of Columbus, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Ranko was born in Yugoslavia and raised in its capital, Belgrade, the son of the late Gojko and Jelena Bojanic. He was Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, where he spent more than 50 years, and for which he had deepest affection. He was a mathematician, world-renowned in the field of Approximation Theory and advisor of many Ph.D. students. Ranko came to OSU in 1963 following work at the University of Notre Dame, Stanford, the Tata Institute (India), the University of Belgrade and the University of Skopje (Yugoslavia). A committed researcher whose work continued until his final moments, Ranko collaborated successfully with colleagues around the world. His most fruitful work, though, was conducted in Columbus with his lifelong friend and OSU colleague, the late Prof. Bogdan Baishanski. Family and friends remember him not only as a man of immense intelligence, but one of profound generosity and kindness; of gentle humor and unshakeable loyalty; and a modesty that belied his many achievements. Ranko readily shared his warm smile with all, and took special joy in caring for his beloved dogs. His limitless curiosity drove him to master myriad topics and languages, and he spoke as easily about tennis and European cinema as complex world events and computing technology. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Olga Bojanic; children, Mira and Ivan Bojanic (Susan Nolan); granddaughters, Sophia and Julie Larick; nephews, Vladimir Maletic, Marc and Igor Bojanic, and Sasa Mesterovic; and other extended family members, colleagues, dear friends, and neighbors. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Rose Foundation for childhood visual impairment (http://trinityrose.org/). To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 25, 2017
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