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Albert Rudnick Age 90, passed away peacefully in Reno, NV on June 10, 2012, with his devoted nephew, Rodger Bergue, by his side. Albert was born on April 26, 1922 in Manchester, NH to the late Joseph and Annie Bavley Rudnick. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Science from the University of Manchester. Having served in the US Navy Medical Service Corps from 1943 to 1946, Albert received three military medals during his tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan. Upon his return from the war, Albert made San Francisco his home. He attended the UC Berkley and graduated in 1959 with a Ph.D. in Parasitology. Residing in his beloved "City by the Bay" for over 60 years, Albert built an impressive career in his specialized field of malariology. Under the auspices of the University of California, Dr. Rudnick conducted pioneering research in dengue fever while on assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He achieved prominence as a highly respected parasitologist, virologist and entomologist, authoring well over a hundred publications in his area of expertise. The scientific world honored Dr. Rudnick by naming one genus and three species of parasites in his name. In 1947 Albert met Donald Friedman. Their wonderful union lasted 60 years until Donald's death in 2007. His love of travel took him around the world with his partner Donald. He relished his cruise trips to exotic places including Africa and Russia. He was an avid reader with an intellectual curiousness and profound appreciation for music and the arts. Albert will be deeply missed, yet fondly remembered, with pride and admiration. His legacy will live on in the many lives he touched with his gracious manner and tender, loving heart. Albert is survived by his brother Ralph Rudnick and his sister-in-law, Rhoda, of Manchester, NH. He leaves behind his loving nephew Rodger Bergue and wife Jeanie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends throughout the country. Brothers Harry, Charles, Solomon and Nathan preceded him in death. The family would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the Cascades of the Sierra staff, the Infinity Hospice team in Reno and to his wonderful caretaker, Carl Abalos. Condolences may be sent on-line to rodger7@charter.net
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 24, 2012
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