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JOHN CONSTANTINE IVANOFF 2-06-1920 - 3-11-2013 In the morning of Monday, March 11, 2013 John Constantine Ivanoff, Orthopedic Surgeon, passed away in Scripps Memorial Encinitas Hospital attended to by his wife and his daughter. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ivanoff grew up during the depression. He was the older of two children born to Peter and Olga Ivanoff, both European Immigrants. His father was a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Michigan and his mother was a Sorbonne-educated instructor of French. Ivanoff's childhood was stepped in history, science and culture, including many years of piano lessons. At one time he dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. Soon after graduating from the University of Michigan in 1942, Ivanoff was called to war. Trained as a cryptanalyst / translator in the United States Army Signal Corps, he narrowly escaped death on his way to England in the winter of 1942. While crossing the Atlantic, his convoy of forty-three ships was attacked by German U-Boats. Although half the ships went down, his did not and he lived to tell the story through out the years. Ordered to British Signal Intelligence Services in London, Ivanoff helped decode secret German transmissions. He met Winston Churchhill, Dwight Eisenhower and General Omar Bradly while surviving nuisance bombings by the Nazis. Fresh from the University of Michigan, where he completed medical school and residency, Ivanoff came to Riverside, California in 1956. He and Dr. Neuman Kennedy Bear, an established Orthopedic Surgeon, formed the Inland Orthopedic Clinic. In 1957 Dr. Don Carpenter, a Riverside surgeon, got Ivanoff interested in the California Crippled Children's Services Program. Eventually he became an orthopedic consultant and director of as many as eight clinics in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He continued to consult in crippled children's clinics until moving to San Diego county in 2006. "I get a personal satisfaction out of treating young children and watching them grow up through adulthood". "I feel I'm putting back into the community efforts that pay off". Ivanoff was a Past President of the Riverside County Medical Association, a member of the American Medical Association, and a member of the Riverside Racquet Club. Dr. Ivanoff is survived by his wife, Louise; his four daughters, Alexandra, Janis, Marisa and Nicole; his one son Ted Allen; six grandchildren; three great-grand-children; and one great-great grandson. A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, April 12th, at the Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the University of Michigan Medical School.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 31, 2013
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