Dr. Sergey Fedoroff 1925 2012 The family of Dr. Sergey Fedoroff (Sergej Feodorovs) is saddened to announce his passing at the age of eighty seven on March 19th with Elaine, his loving wife of 57 years, by his side. Sergey is survived by his wife Elaine, children Paul (Bev), Andrey (Andrea), Marina and Michael (Kristi), sister-in-law Mary Jean Martin, and his three loving grandchildren, Paul, Katherine and Lucy. Sergey Fedoroff was born and raised in Daugavpils Latvia in 1925. He was 14 when the 2nd world war began in Europe and Latvia fell to a succession of occupations. He survived the war by walking to freedom and after many months of travel, often being pursued, he found refuge with the British army. Three years after last seeing his parents, (Paul and Nina Fedoroff), they were re-united by the Red Cross in war torn Europe. It was then that he was able to begin one of his life-long passions; the study of the newly emerging branch of Medicine: Tissue Culture. While studying, his family befriended a Russian Doukhobor shoe maker who was headed to a new life in Blaine Lake Saskatchewan. Life was difficult in Europe so Sergey applied for and was granted permission to immigrate as a farm labourer to Blaine Lake Saskatchewan Canada. He chose to bring his microscope and was soon assisting the town doctor in Blaine Lake. Soon he was working in the college of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) as an animal attendant. Within a few years he graduated with a B.A in Arts & Sciences, and a year later with a Master of Arts and then, in 1958 a PhD in Histology, the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells, from the U of S. It was in the Department of Anatomy in which he became Professor and Chair, that he met and fell in love with his lifelong partner, Elaine Martin, who was working and teaching as a Laboratory Assistant in the College of Medicine. Dr. Sergey Fedoroff has been a member of over 20 prestigious scientific and charitable societies and was president of most. As a scholar and scientist, he authored or coauthored over 200 scientific papers, co-edited over 15 books and won numerous awards. He was recognized by the University of Saskatchewan and the College of Medicine for his dedication to the University and the sciences with a wing of the Health Sciences building being named in his honor. He was further recognized by his global peers and the UofS with the degree of Doctorate of Science, a degree bestowed upon those that have a proven record of internationally recognized scholarship Sergey Fedoroff chose to stay in Saskatoon to raise his family and build what is considered one of the world's leading teaching institutions in the field of Tissue Culture, attracting scientists from across Canada and around the world to Saskatoon. He never accepted what could not be done, only what could be done better. Sergey's other passions in life were his family and friends. He devoted time to both. He had old world charm. On occasion he would arrive at the dinner with red roses for all the women at the table. He was the consummate host. A party was not just a party or a get together but an occasion and he did so many things to make them memorable. He had a wonderful love of beauty, flowers, trees, architecture, music, art and an intense pride in his children and grandchildren. He was an accomplished photographer and traveler. He steadfastly attributed his many accomplishments to his constant love and partnership with his wife, Elaine, which never wavered. He was respected by all who knew him, loved by so many and will be greatly missed. For those so wishing, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in his name. A Funeral Service will be held for family, friends and colleagues at the Saskatoon Funeral Home on Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 PM. Followed by a luncheon at the Edwards Family Centre. A Memorial Reception in Celebration of Sergey's life will be hosted by the family at the Faculty Club later this spring and will be announced in the newspaper at that time. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.
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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from March 21 to March 24, 2012