George OjakianSeptember 12, 1941 ~ October 19, 2017 (age 76)
George Kerry Ojakian
September 12, 1941 – October 19, 2017
George Ojakian, a resident of New York City, died peacefully on October 19 2017 at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. George had been managing the effects of Parkinson’s disease for the last several years of his life.
George was born in San Francisco on September 12, 1941. He was raised in Daly City by his loving parents, Harry and Servart Ojakian, who are both deceased. He attended elementary, middle and high school in Daly City. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1959 as an excellent student and a proud member of the basketball and track teams. George received undergraduate and graduate degrees from San Francisco State University and a PHD in cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley.
After graduation George moved to New York for his post-doctoral work at New York University Medical Center in 1974. He conducted genetic and cancer research while there. George then worked at The State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, better known as SUNY Downstate Medical Center, doing cell biology research and teaching medical students for 35 years.
George was an avid sports fan. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he rooted for the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors. He also became a dedicated New York sports fan after moving to New York, cheering for the New York Giants and Jets, Knicks, Yankees and Mets. He made it fun to talk about sports with this East Coast/ West Coast dichotomy.
He is held in loving memory by his son, Kerry Ojakian, and former wife, Liz Ojakian. George is survived by his sister, Marsha Dalmas and brother-in-law, Paul Dalmas, and brother, Victor Ojakian, sister-in-law Mary Ojakian and sister-in-law Olivia Hollifield. He will be remember fondly by his nieces and nephews -- Ryan, Sean, Sereena, Tasha, Scott, Jeremey and Tanya.
A viewing and service will held on October 27 from 9 am to 11am at Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, 4123 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY followed by a burial service at Green-Wood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to:
UPROSE: A grassroots organization that promotes sustainability and resiliency through community organizing, education, and cultural and artistic expression in Brooklyn, NY. www.uprose.org or 166A 22nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232.
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