Died peacefully at home in Bodega on Oct. 21. A 23-year resident of Sonoma County, Jenya was born April 16, 1952 in St. Petersburg, Russia, son of Maria Kondruhova and Leo Abraham Bohr, both physicians. His father was from Lithuania, where both his grandfather and great-grandfather were rabbis. Jenya received his BS in Electrical Engineering from St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute in 1974. He worked as an engineer in St. Petersburg for 14 years, after which he began work as an educator, his true vocation. Jenya was schooled in English from an early age, and in the 1980s he became involved as a '"citizen diplomat" with the international Earth Stewards group, for which he hosted American citizen diplomats who visited St. Petersburg, including a Cazadero resident. After Gorbachev's Perestroika, Jenya made two trips to the US. On the second, in 1991, he served as translator for one of Russia's top rock bands, DDT, which played in LA that year; and as citizen diplomat uniting Afghanistan and Vietnam war veterans. During this trip, he visited Cazadero, which was to become his beloved home for the next nine years. Jenya married his second wife, Diana Badger, in 1993 in Cazadero. In 1997 their daughter, Alexandra Maria Bohr, was born there. Throughout the 1990s, Jenya gardened passionately, taught at CazAcademy where he was beloved by students and families, and began his 20 years' practice of Aikido, culminating when he achieved his Black Belt after receiving his cancer diagnosis. In the late 1990s Jenya earned his MA in Education at Sonoma State University, and taught at Russian River Charter School, and Maria Carillo High School. He and his family moved to Sebastopol in 2000, after which he began working at Pathways Charter School. Over 20 years Jenya taught physics, physical science, math, Russian, and philosophy, but he is most renowned for his gardening classes and love of the earth. Another lifelong passion of Jenya's was writing and the pursuit of higher ideas. All who knew him were touched by his bright mind and fascinating discourses! Jenya is survived by his two sons, Pavel Bohr and Andre Bohr, both of St. Petersburg; his daughter, Alya Maria Bohr, of Sebastopol; a sister, Alla Bohr of St. Petersburg; his partner Jennie Rose, of Bodega, and many loving friends. A Memorial Service will be held Sun., Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Community Church of Sebastopol. Contributions may be made to the Jenya Bohr Memorial Fund, 7280 Lynch Rd., Sebastopol 95472.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2013