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HRUZA--Zdenek T.,

MD, PhD, 90, March 7, 2017 in St. Louis, MO. Physician, scientist, mentor, and patriot. As a teenager he fought the Nazis on Prague's streets; as a young father he and his beloved wife Judita (predeceased) sacrificed all and, with two young children, escaped communism. With only their diplomas they built new lives in their adopted and loved country. As a professor at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and NYU School of Medicine he published 100+ scientific articles and books on the processes of aging and shock. His children: Eva (Mark) Horn, George (Carrie) Hruza, and grandchildren: David, Audrey, Stephanie, Paul, Hope and Rose miss him terribly. He leaves a legacy of love and inspiration. He will be remembered -- always.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 6, 2017