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May 5, 1941 - September 3, 2015 Joseph Hajdu passed away on September 3, 2015. He was born in 1941 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1956 he immigrated to Israel with his family, where he served in the Israeli Army and earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in chemistry from the Hebrew University in 1965 and 1967. In 1971 Joseph received his Ph.D in chemistry from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1973-1976. From 1984 Joseph was a chemistry professor at California State University Northridge where he actively and passionately taught, researched and published, focusing on the mechanism of action of lipolytic enzymes with specific emphasis on phospholipase A2, the synthesis of antitumor-active ether phospholipid derivatives, and the structural and mechanistic elucidation of the chemistry of the metal complexes of streptonigrin. Joseph was an extremely devoted father, as those who knew Joseph would agree without question. His son Michael was truly the pride and joy of his life. Joseph is preceded in death by his parents, Istvan and Katalin Hajdu. He is survived by his son Michael Akira Hajdu, his sister Judit (Arnon) Keren, his niece Neta (Hagi) Erez, nephews Amit (Judith) Keren and Yuval (Maya) Keren, grandnieces and grandnephews. A private burial will be held for Joseph. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. We thank everyone who provided friendship and support to Joe during his life, particularly individuals in the CSUN and AYSO Region 71 soccer communities.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, 2015
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