Lucian J. Zadrozny
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May 23,1922 - February 23,2013
Lucian Joseph Zadrozny died on February 23, 2013 at his residence in the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, NC, peacefully, in comfort, and surrounded by his family. Born May 23, 1922, in New Britain, CT, he was the son of the late Frank and Catherine (Patalan) Zadrozny.
Lucian was the quintessential Renaissance man who excelled in the arts and sciences. He lived life to the fullest and touched the lives of those he knew. Having received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University and the University of Connecticut, he served in many capacities that reflected his professional skills and artistic talents.
Lucian retired from the CT State Department of Education as an education consultant but began his professional career as a registered physical therapist. In 1951, he designed and acquired patent for the "Crutch Gauge". Lucian also invented the "Parallel Bars" for use in the field of physical therapy and rehabilitation. His original design has been used as prototype for parallel bars of today. Lucian was the first registered physical therapist (RPT) employed by New Britain Memorial Hospital (CT), later named The Hospital for Special Care.
Lucian's commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities led him to the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, CT State Department of Education, as a rehabilitation counselor. As the first editor of the Advocate, a publication of the National Association of Disability Examiners, he designed this magazine's emblem.
Lucian was a World War II Navy veteran and was a Pharmacist Mate 1st Class, USN Hospital Corps. He also served on the USS Osberg: DE 538 (Destroyer Escort) for a brief period during the Korean War. Upon retirement, he was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Chapel Hill and served as education recruiter for the Coast Guard Academy. He was past commander of the American Legion in Chapel Hill and New Britain.
Residents of Carol Woods Retirement Community may recall seeing "Mr. Z" traversing the lovely wooden paths to the dining room on his snappy red scooter. Just prior to his death, Lucian was happy to have entered his metal sculpture, "Low Tide" in the resident and staff art show. His memory lives on in his beautiful watercolors of sea life, gracefully carved birds and contemporary metal work.
Lucian is survived by his devoted daughter and special son-in-law, Martha and Marty Grant of Wethersfield, CT and his very beloved grandsons, Adam and Benjamin. Lucian was predeceased by his brother, Henry Zadrozny.
Lucian's family is grateful for the love and attention given him at Carol Woods. A memorial service to honor Lu's life will be held there at a later date. His family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Carol Woods Charitable Fund, Attn: Resident Life/Designate Art Studio, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
Published in The News & Observer from March 6 to March 10, 2013