Wojciech Antoni "Al" Krotoski M.D
1937 - 2016
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Wojciech "Al" Antoni Krotoski, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., researcher in tropical medicine, pro-life leader, Nobel nominee, faithful husband and beloved father, went to his eternal reward on January 1, 2016. Wojciech was born to Ludwik and Leokadia Krotoski on June 20, 1937, as an extraterritorial Polish citizen, in Riga, Latvia, where his father was Charge d'Affairs of the Polish Consulate. He was the youngest of three children, following brother, Andrew, now deceased, and sister, Danuta. Two years later, while the family was in Warsaw awaiting re-assignment, Germany invaded Poland; however, they managed to make their way, under hostile fire, and through several countries, to London, where Ludwik continued to serve in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Polish government-in-exile until after World War II hostilities ended. Tragically, as a consequence of the Yalta Conference with Stalin, Britain (and the U.S.) then chose to recognize the communist government in Poland. In 1949, the family became British subjects; but, in the same year, immigrated to the U.S., where they became naturalized U.S. citizens in 1955. Receiving his secondary education at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Wojciech ("Al") graduated in 1952, and began college at age 15. Working part of the time, he received his B.A. degree in bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1960, and entered graduate school at UCLA's medical center that year, then medical school in 1961. In 1968, he received both a Ph.D. in medical microbiology (immunochemistry) and an M.D., and, because of his interest in tropical diseases, undertook an internship at Gorgas Hospital in the then-Panama Canal Zone. He returned to the U.S. after receiving a commission from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1969, and was assigned to do research on malaria at the National Institutes of Health field station in Chamblee, Georgia. In 1972, he undertook a residency in preventive medicine at the U.S. PHS Hospital in San Francisco and the U.C. San Francisco Medical Center; this additional training included a year-long assignment to visit tropical medicine centers in SE Asia, India, and Africa. Upon completion of the residency in 1974, he also received the M.P.H. degree in epidemiology from the U.C. School of Public Health, Berkeley. Dr. Krotoski was then assigned to the USPHS Hospital in New Orleans in July, 1975 with orders to establish a tropical infectious disease research program there. The assignment included teaching at both LSU School of Medicine and Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, while also wearing a number of PHS "hats." In the late 1970s, he traveled three times to the Marshall Islands as tropical medicine consultant to Brookhaven National Laboratory's radiological health team; the work included one visit to Bikini Atoll. In 1980, in collaboration with Prof. P.C.C. Garnham and other medical scientists from Imperial College, London, and with the technical help of his wife by a later-annulled marriage, Danuta (nee Gwozdziowski), Dr. Krotoski discovered the malarial hypnozoite as the true cause of relapse in malaria; after several more years of corroborative and collaborative work, he was honored by a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine in 1989. Upon closure of the U.S. PHS hospital system in 1981, he was transferred to the National Hansen's Disease Center in Carville, where he continued to work until 1995, attaining a peak position of Director of its national ambulatory care program. In 1995, he retired from the U.S. Public Health Service with the permanent PHS rank of Medical Director. During his professional career, Dr. Krotoski authored or co-authored some 55 scientific papers, presented his research findings at numerous professional meetings, lectured extensively on tropical infectious disease subjects, contributed to several texts, and served as reviewer on a number of journal editorial boards. He was a long-time member of both the American and British (Royal) Societies of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. After retirement, Dr. Krotoski continued as an academic consultant in tropical diseases in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge, served on the institutional human subjects review board of Baton Rouge General Hospital, co-authored a revision of a venerable textbook on diagnostic medical parasitology, and translated a book on the social and artistic history of syphilis, from Polish into English. However, during the first two decades after retirement, he was especially devoted to Hippocratic respect-for-life activities both internationally and in Louisiana, including as leader of statewide, professional and local pro-life organizations; this also required him to testify frequently before committees of the Louisiana Legislature. He also served as an elected Republican State Central Committee member for two 4-year terms. A lifelong, practicing Catholic, "Al" belonged to St. Jude the Apostle Parish, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and also served as Eucharistic Minister. He and his beloved wife of 28 years, Judith, were active in the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement until her entry into new life in 2013. "Al" is survived by his daughter, Aleksandra Krotoski, Ph.D. (born a U.S. citizen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), her husband, Ben Hammersley, and granddaughter, Ripley; his stepson, John; sister, Danuta and her husband, Robert Shaw; cousin, Maria Ostrowski; niece, Karen, and her husband, Maurice Lallier; nephews, Steve and Mark; Mark's wife, Nicole, and grandniece, Claire Gina, all in California; as well as by Judith's siblings and their families in Texas and Florida, plus numerous cousins and their families in his native Poland. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 9150 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, on January, 8, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., preceded by visitation at 9:00 a.m., and recitation of the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Judy's side will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation via Al's daughter at http://gofundme.com/bloodrunning. Family and friends may sign the online guest book or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.

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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2016.
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January 26, 2016
I do not know to whom I should address this, but I worked with Dr.Al for years through the Right to Life. I live in Lafayette and have held several offices with the state and Acadiana RTL. I was so sorry to here about his death. He was so wonderful and at the same time humble. I am having some Masses said in his behalf at St. Pius Catholic Church in Lafayette. I could send a card, but I do not know whom to send it to. My sincere condolences to his family. Mrs. Suzanne S. Tierney
suzanne tierney
January 25, 2016
So sorry to hear of the passing of this dear man. I remember getting to know him at Karen and Maurice's wedding in San Diego. May God rest his soul and bless his family as they find a way to go on without their loved one.
Tonette Slaviero
January 8, 2016
Al was such an exceptional and brilliant individual in so many ways, and yet his genuine humility and respect and love for others was always evident.We had some very meaningful discussions regarding the unique value of human life and of God's great and merciful love towards us.As scripture reminds us: "... here on earth have we no continuig place, but we seek that ( greater, eternal life) which is to come."Al has certainly found it.Our prayers are with Al's family, and our thanks to them for sharing this exceptional Christian man with us.Personally, for me, he was a great friend who made a profound and lasting impact on me and my staff.
Jeff Burnham
January 7, 2016
Wciaz nie mozemy uwierzyc ze Jego juz nie ma. Bedzie Go nam bardzo brakowalo. (We can't believe he is no longer with us. We will miss him tremendously)

Tomek i Emi
Tomasz Mroczkowski, MD
January 7, 2016
What a wonderful, sweet intelligent man, who has been a big part of our family for 28 years. Known as "Owl" by all the nieces and nephews,he was bigger than life. Always had a camera in his hand. We have countless photos he took of family events and mailed to all of us. He really loved my sister, Judy. As intelligent as he was, our family always kept him humble with armadillo jokes, humor and good fun. We have been to horse races, family celebrations, alligator watching activities, mushroom hunts, Lakehouse holidays, Cajun crawfish boils. We have celebrated lives together that were lost too soon. We have shared my sisters memories with her best friends for life... Her hand therapy friends. We have gone through his kitchen to find canned cobra, frozen rabbit, canned buffalo. We have successfully survived his mushroom soup from his hunt for mushrooms in my parents neighbors front yards. I still loved him after he and his wife gave me a real piglet. And, he did so much for others... A physician who has saved lives worldwide through his research and intelligence. He spoke many languages ... I think about five, fluently. He learned to love everything Judy... Including her horses, rock hunting, etc. He gave our family his wonderful Aleks who herself is bigger than life and gave him and Judy their grandchild Ripley. He was devotedly Catholic and I am sure he is in Heaven with my sister. He will live forever in my heart.
Jan McCleskey
January 7, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in what is recorded in the Bible at Jeremiah 29:11 and 12.
January 5, 2016
Al and Judy - celebrating 25 years of marriage at St Jude WMD Mass
Mike and Pat Blanchard
January 5, 2016
Dr Al's work in the pro-life movement is already missed! He also established "The Hippocratic Resource" to foster respect for human life at all stages. Our thoughts and prayers go out for his family. We all know he is in a better place!
Kathleen & Dr. James Godchaux
Kathleen & Dr. James Godchaux
January 5, 2016
Al was a beautiful and kind human being with whom I enjoyed working with. He will be missed by all whom spend time with him.
May the Holy Spirit comfort his family during this time of loss
CDR Jacqueline Lea
January 5, 2016
Dr "Al" is a wonderful example of a true gentleman!! It has been an honor to know him and work with him on the BR Right to Life board. He will be missed greatly here on earth but his dedication to the Dignity of all Life will inspire many to continue his work! Rest in Peace, Dr.Al
Julie Millard
January 4, 2016
What a wonderful man who worked tirelessly for the "Right to Life" cause and he will be truly missed! May he rest in God's eternal peace!
Tricia Parsons
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