Jerzy Bodurka
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Dr. Jerzy Bodurka, passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021. He was born on November 2, 1964, in Poland. He was always a curious child and his aptitude in the sciences was apparent from a young age, as he voraciously studied and devoured information. He attended the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, where he completed his undergraduate work and graduated with his doctorate in Physics in 1995. He came to the United States in 1997 to serve as a post-doc at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He was a pioneer and a world-renowned expert in the fields of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional MRI and enjoyed a storied scientific career and many prestigious awards. He worked as a staff scientist at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and received the NIH Director's Award in 2007 for his advancements in MRI imaging technology. In 2009, he joined the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, OK, where he worked to build an international reputation in magnetic resonance imaging physics and its applications to improving mental health. He also taught as an adjunct professor at The University of Oklahoma, where he loved working with his students and was a passionate advocate for science and innovation. He was active in research on PTSD in combat veterans, with support from the Department of Defense as well as a researcher on many other state and federal grants.
He cared deeply about people – those in his group, in his work and in his family. He was a thoughtful and engaging collaborator who advocated for new researchers. He was a loving husband, father, brother, son, mentor and colleague with a knack for technology and tinkering – his wife and daughter joke that they always had a willing IT professional on call. He loved World War II history, space exploration, hiking, tennis, movies, walking with the family dog and most of all, his family.
He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his devoted loving wife of 32 years, Gosia; daughter Ola Bodurka Kirk and her husband, Brady; mother; brother and his wife; nieces and other loving family members as well as countless friends and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider donations to Laureate Institute for Brain Research to continue Jerzy's life's work in advancing interventions for mental health.
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A star´s flare burns brightly through the night sky, a glorious glow that caught Copernicus´s eye Dr. Jerzy Bodurka was trained at Poland´s premier school of physics named after Copernicus, who revolutionized our view of the outer world. I would like to propose that Jerzy is a Copernicus in his own right, revolutionizing our ability to study the inner world of the brain. He knew that despite all the madness in this world, there is refuge in the truth that could be gleaned by studying the living human brain, and there was no one who could image it better. Jerzy, you will be greatly missed my friend.
Justin Feinstein
Work
September 17, 2021
I am so deeply in shock hearing this sad news. I met Jerzy in 2015 and for a short one year that I worked in LIBR. I remember him as a caring, friendly and truly humble person. He was also a great physicist. He definitely touched my life and I will remember him always. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Mahlega Hassanpour
Work
September 2, 2021
Kym Young and the BAM lab
August 26, 2021
Jerzy was a great mentor for me during my Ph.D. and postdoc. He was always optimistic, friendly, and caring. I have special memories of working with him. He will be truly missed!
Obada Al Zoubi
Work
August 25, 2021
Jerzy is such a huge defining part of LIBR. There is no-one here who has not benefitted from his brilliance. His influence on so many of us will live on and he will never be forgotten. Gosia and Ola, I am so sorry for your loss.
Maria Ironside
August 24, 2021
I met Jerzy two years ago and was struck by his energy, love of science, and passion. His ideas and drive were infectious and it helped me and my team in so many ways. We were so lucky to have met him, worked with him, and learned from him.
Zachary A. Smith
August 23, 2021
I am deeply saddened and shocked by the news of the loss because couple weeks ago he was still able to sign my updated advisory conference report (ACR) form and with some his wise suggestions. He is a very kind and caring person for everyone. He is an unforgettable person for me because with his generous help I was able to realize my dream to continue my education (PhD) in USA. Even until now I still have a feeling will meeting with Dr. Bodurka when I come to LIBR. I and my family would like to say "We share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathy and condolence" for Dr. Jerzy Bodurka's family.
Beni Mulyana
August 21, 2021
Robin Aupperle
August 21, 2021
Sahib Khalsa and Family
August 21, 2021
Jerzy Dear Friend Your enthusiasm was contageous, spread across many Rest assured That we will keep it alive
Jeff Duyn
August 21, 2021
Dear Gosia and Ola, We are so sad to lose Jerzy. Each member of the OSU team that worked with Jerzy over the years has their own unique, personal stories to tell about his infectious joy and excitement for research. He was both gifted and generous. Like so many others around the world, we are grateful for having known him, both as a scientist and as a friend. He will be missed. Kyle, Kent, Amanda, Julie, Kara, Florence, and Bart.
Kyle Simmons
August 20, 2021
From Jerzy's OSU colleagues
August 20, 2021
I am deeply saddened and still cannot believe that Jerzy is gone forever! When I think about the time that I had with him, the first thing that comes to my mind is his bright and beautiful smile! He was always passionate about his work and science. He was not only a brilliant scientist, but also a caring, supportive and loving human being! And his unique sense of humor... I loved the way he was making me laugh every time! From selecting the title of my dissertation when he jokingly said, "Physiological noise in fMRI: GOOD, BAD, UGLY!", to the day he hooded me in my commencement. While we were in line to the stage, he told me "I know how to put the hood on you". I laughed. He said he googled and watched videos to see how to do it, and I laughed again... How sweet and thoughtful! I was honored to have him as my advisor. I wish I could go back in time to tell him how much I appreciated him and how much he meant to me. I would not have been where I am today without him. And on my last day at LIBR when I was leaving his lab, he said let´s not say goodbye... we will see each other again!! He is irreplaceable and I will never ever forget his kindness. My deepest condolences to Gosia and Ola. No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss.
Maryam Falahpour
August 20, 2021
Maryam Falahpour
August 20, 2021
My wife and I heard this sad news, and we were shocked, stunned, and speechless for a while... He is too young... Gosia and Ola, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Jerzy was the most wonderful mentor who always cared for me. He gave me a lot of opportunities for improving my research skills. He significantly impacted my current research such that EEG and MRI can definitely play a role as an intervention for behavioral changes. He warmly welcomed me when I first joined LIBR in 2013; his family hosted a nice party and invited my wife and me when I left LIBR in 2016. Jerzy made everything in my Tulsa life memorable. We are so thankful that I met Jerzy. We hope you find peace and comfort in your time of grief.
Hideo Suzuki & Tina Wang
August 20, 2021
Moje kondolencje, odszedl wspanialy naukowiec ktory wiele dokonal zarowno dla Polski jak i USA i byl wyjatkowym czlowiekiem. Znalam Jerzego z NIH a potem widywalam Go na konferencjach; Was poznalam na jednej z imprez w Bethesda... Wyrazy glebokiego wspolczucia.
Joanna Szczepanik
August 20, 2021
Dear Gosia and Ola, I am so sadden to hear about Jerzy´s departure. I am forever grateful to have met and worked with him. He was a great leader and an empathetic individual who saw the best in people. I am so sorry for your loss. Those of us who had the privilege to work with him know that this is a great loss. He will be dearly missed.
Sahra Omar
August 19, 2021
I met Jerzy in person in an NIMH conference about neurofeedback (NF), he was funny, energetic and quickly gave me excellent advice about how to improve my own work on NF. He will be missed as a scientist and as a wonderful person.
Karina Quevedo
August 19, 2021
Jerzy was one of the best exemplars of being a real scientist, open minded while skeptic, generous while caring and passionate while careful in doing the best science. I will never forget Jerzy's generosity in helping junior scientists and his beautiful smiles and laughs in our grant discussion meetings.
Hamed Ekhtiari
August 19, 2021
Jerzy was one of the PIs at LIBR that interviewed me before I joined LIBR. I vividly remember he was very passionate about his work and told me that 'If you believe in fMRI, then let's do this!'. Because I work in different lab, me and Jerzy did not have much direct interaction. However, in emails I found he was always celebrating the accomplishments of member from his lab. He always fixed MRI issues for LIBR. He always gave me positive feedback and encouragement on the paper and grant proposal that I wrote. The only brief conversation we had in person was a beautiful morning when we were both drinking our tea. He told me that he likes green tea so I brought some green tea wanted to let him try it. I never thought that my hesitance and my shyness will make me loss the opportunity forever...Jerzy, I will continue to use the data you collected at LIBR to create value for the scientific community. I still believe in fMRI, and Let's do this!
Haixia
August 18, 2021
Dear Gosia and Ola, I am deeply sorry for your loss. My heart goes to you and your family. Jerzy was a wonderful person, mentor, and boss. I would have not been where I am today if it were not for him. I am very grateful for the opportunity of knowing him in my life. Though he would always tease me that graduate students should suffer, he was actually the one who made this journey easy for me. I always knew that I had him on my side and that he was someone I could always rely on in difficult moments. I am blessed to have worked under the supervision of such a special and caring human being. His memory will live forever in our hearts. Please accept my most sincere condolences. May time help all of us heal and bring us peace.
Ahmad Mayeli
August 18, 2021
Jerzy was my direct supervisor and mentor the two summers I worked at the NIH while being a graduate student. He was an excellent mentor, and one key reason why I decided to go back to NIH once I graduated. Jerzy was always available and happy to chat about our projects or anything else I may have needed. He got me interested in real-time fMRI and fMRI neurofeedback. He also helped me better understand MRI physics. After leaving NIH, we would often run into each other at conferences and catch up about research and life. I will deeply miss having more of those opportunities. My condolences go out to you and your family.
Javier Gonzalez-Castillo
August 18, 2021
Jerzy was so great to work with. He could approach a problem with serious rigor, but always maintain good humor. I remember lamenting about how much effort I was putting in to writing my dissertation, but making such slow progress. He said he had the same issue with writing: "For me, every sentence like giving birth!" Ha! It made me laugh and feel a lot better.
Bart Ford
August 18, 2021
Words cannot express how much Jerzy meant to me. He was a great mentor and a great friend and I wouldn't be where I am today without him. He welcomed me into his lab when I needed a place to go, introduced me to neurofeedback, and set me on my research path. I have such great memories of working with him and going to conferences and just hanging out. Attached is a picture of the lab at the first conference we went to together in Canada. Not only was he a brilliant scientist, he was a truly great human being and so much fun to be around. He is irreplaceable and his legacy will continue to live on in all of the wonderful young scientists who were fortunate enough to receive his mentorship. My deepest sympathies to Gosia and Ola.
Kym Young
August 18, 2021
Jerzy was the person who recruited me to the University of Oklahoma Tulsa campus. He was an outstanding scientist, and a great mentor for junior faculty like me. I enjoyed a lot our collaboration and the time we worked together. Jerzy, we still have a lot of great ideas haven´t been written as proposals, we still have a lot of excellent work hasn´t been published... When I just joined here, I see so bright future of being working with you and others ... Your leave is a shock to me ... I am so sad but am working hard to do what I can do...
Yuan Yang
August 18, 2021
As a physicist he could have chosen any of a huge number of topics to study, but he chose to discover new treatments for suffering fellow humans. My respect to Jerzy and my prayers for him.
Salvador Guinjoan
August 18, 2021
Gosia and Ola, I´m deeply sorry your family is experiencing the pain of a loss like this. We would never have felt ready to say goodbye to someone as special as Jerzy. It was truly a pleasure working with Jerzy as a post-doc. I still can hear his voice, "Aki, seriously!?" which is his voice I heard whenever I did something silly mistakes in the MRI control room. He always ran into the MRI control room when I needed him and helped us to run MRIs, and corrected our mistakes immediately. I also remember that when we entered the certain number "44" to operate the specific function of the MRI, he smiled at me and revealed the secret that the number was his age when he implemented the very innovative system! When I joined Jerzy´s lab from Japan, I was so naïve to EEG-MRI studies, but he guided me in the right way, and he always told me "Slowly but surely," which made me feel secured a lot. I will keep remembering his word and saying to myself, "Slowly but surely," when I have a hard time in my career. Jerzy was a fantastic boss. He cared about his lab members very much and was very charming. When I heard about "the myth of the immortal Twinkie" from him and I told him that I have never eaten twinkie, he bought it for me and suggested me to test the myth. I did not because I was hungry but it was one of his lovely memories. I wish I could meet him again and could ask him tons of questions that I would have from now on. He will be deeply missed forever. My condolences go out to you and your family.
Aki Tsuchiyagaito
August 17, 2021
Aki Tsuchiyagaito
August 17, 2021
Aki Tsuchiyagaito
August 17, 2021
Gosia and Ola, I´m deeply sorry your family is experiencing the pain of a loss like this. We would never have felt ready to say goodbye to someone as special as Jerzy. It was truly a pleasure working with Jerzy as a post-doc. I still can hear his voice, "Aki, seriously!?" which is his voice I heard whenever I did something silly mistakes in the MRI control room. He always ran into the MRI control room when I needed him and helped us to run MRIs, and corrected our mistakes immediately. I also remember that when we entered the certain number "44" to operate the specific function of the MRI, he smiled at me and revealed the secret that the number was his age when he implemented the very innovative system. When I joined Jerzy´s lab from Japan, I was so naïve to EEG-MRI studies, but he guided me in the right way, and he always told me "Slowly but surely," which made me feel secured a lot. I will keep remembering his word and saying to myself, "Slowly but surely," when I have a hard time in my career. Jerzy was a fantastic boss. He cared about his lab members very much and was very charming. When I heard about "the myth of the immortal Twinkie" from him and I told him that I have never eaten twinkie, he bought it for me and suggested I should test the myth. I did not because I was hungry but it was one of his lovely memories. I wish I could meet him again and could ask him tons of questions that I would have from now on. He will be deeply missed forever. My condolences go out to you and your family.
Aki Tsuchiyagaito
August 17, 2021
Jerzy was an outstanding scientist, a thoughtful human being, and passionate about the topics he did his research about. He truly wanted to find ways to help ease the pain that people with mental health issues experience. Jerzy will stay in our hearts and memories for a very long time, we will hear his strong voice, remember his incisive remarks, and miss the heart he brought to the institute. The attached photo epitomizes to me his presence at work with the other researchers at LIBR. There will be more to say about him. But right now there is just an empty space where he used to be.
Martin Paulus
August 17, 2021
Ola and Gosia-how fortunate I feel to have had a chance to meet and know Jerzy at least a little bit, both because he was a lovely, charming man and a great friend and father-in-law to Brady, but also so I can have a vivid image of him when you share your memories as I know you will do over and over through the years. He was a bright, quietly shining light in the time he had to share with you! I am so sorry for your loss!
Colleen Kirk
August 17, 2021
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