Dr. Irwin Fridovich
August 2, 1929 - November 2, 2019
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DURHAM- Dr. Irwin Fridovich, 90, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019. Dr. Fridovich was born on August 2, 1929 to Louis and Sylvia Fridovich in Brooklyn, NY. After attending the Bronx High School of Science and the prestigious City College of New York, Dr. Fridovich met and married Mollie Finkel. Together, they moved down to…

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Daniel J Brustein left a message on April 14, 2020:
I didn’t know Irwin well – we chatted at family events - but a few years ago I mentioned his name to a friend at Duke – and got a flood of admiring anecdotes. I was able to share the attached. Knowing his brothers and his family I was pleased – and not surprised – to find this wonderful story (follow link and “view pdf”). We will miss him. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/ffe0/0e63ef38f1f45a9c9e327312bf2831f87942.pdf
Remy Kachadourian left a message on December 7, 2019:
I just learned the passing of Dr. Fridovich. My condolences to his family. It was an honor to work for him for a couple of years (as a post-doc in the late 90s). He was a great mentor. I will never forget his kindness when sharing his knowledge.
Rafael Radi left a message on November 6, 2019:
I met Irwin back in 1986 in an international free radicals, oxidants, excited species and antioxidants held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, organized by Alberto Boveris and Julio Turrens. I was an MD student at Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay. After I met and talked to Irwin, it became clear to me that I should follow the research path. Then, I also became a PhD student, and eventually became an MD, PhD. During my posdoctoral days at the University of Alabama at Birmingham working with Bruce A. Freeman and Joe S. Beckman (both of them had worked at Duke and knew Irwin very well), I had frequent drives to Duke to meet Irwin, had excellent conversation and enjoy both lunch at Bullock´s and walks in the Duke Forest. With time Irwin and I created a very friendly relationship, and he was highly supportive of my entire career. As near as I July 2019, I had email exchanges with Irwin about the labile iron-sulfur cluster of aconitase. He is explicitly mentioned in my inaugural paper as Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (Radi R. PNAS 2018). I had also the honor to publish some works with him. He was a source of inspiration, information and humanity in my life for over three decades. He will be largely missed. His example and legacy will last forever. Thanks Irwin. Rafael Radi, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Sharyn and Ken Caudell left a message on November 5, 2019:
He will be greatly missed.
DOUG DARR left a message on November 5, 2019:
To Sharon and the rest of the family, my deepest condolences. Your father was like a second father to me. One of the kindest, most humble and wisest men with whom I ever had the privilege to work. I have always said (and my wife sometimes too eagerly agreed) that he would forget more in a day than I could hope to learn in my lifetime. But I hope you take solace in his "life well-lived" and "his legacy well earned"
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Joe McCord left a message on November 5, 2019:
Second only to my parents, Irwin was the most influential person in my life. He didn't just teach me science, he taught me how to BE a scientist, how to think, how to reason, how to ask questions, and how to pursue the answers to those questions. He taught me that it is not the job of a scientist to prop up a favorite hypothesis, but rather to be ready to abandon that hypothesis in deference to FACTS. I have spent the last fifty years trying to pass these lessons on to others, and I am grateful to have been under his tutelage. I will miss you, Irwin.
Sonia C. Flores left a message on November 5, 2019:
I knew Dr. Fridovich through my mentor, Dr. Joe McCord. Joe always described Dr. Fridovich as the most open-minded and kind mentor he ever knew. It was in his lab that the discovery of SOD happened and Dr. Fridovich always acknowledged that the discovery was a team effort. I finally met him at one of the SFRBM meetings, and he kept going even after his stroke. A giant has passed, but the world is a better place because of him. Rest in power, Dr. Fridovich.
Ning Pan left a message on November 4, 2019:
In memory of Dr. Irwin Fridovich, Ning Pan lit a candle
Allan Friedman left a message on November 4, 2019:
Dr. Fridovich was not only brilliant, but he was kind, generous, and a wonderful teacher. He helped guide me in my research in the 70's. He is one of those folks who was a pillar of our institution.
Joanne AP Wilson MD left a message on November 4, 2019:
Deeply saddened by your loss. A wonderful teacher and colleague. Joanne Wilson
Corinne Linardic left a message on November 4, 2019:
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Fridovich's passing. He taught me biochemistry in graduate school, standing up at the board with excitement and glee - never tiring of explaining the same basic principles of the chemistry of our existence. I still remember the day I knocked on his Nanaline Duke office door, convinced that my thesis work might be informed by his work on SOD. The overlap never materialized, but I'll never forget our conversation - me hoping that I might absorb just a little of his knowledge, him smiling knowingly. I am grateful to have known him.
Christine A. King left a message on November 4, 2019:
To Dr. Freedman and his extended Family, Deepest respect and sorrow for your loss. May God bless and keep all of you in his heart and a hopeful tomorrow full of grace. Chrissie
Betty Pendergrass left a message on November 4, 2019:
I admired Dr. Fridovich for his wonderfully positive presence in our office suite. He would occasionally bless us with a quick story (usually amusing) account of his past. (What a top-seller a book of his accounts could have been!) If he asked the smallest favor of you, the next day, he would open his briefcase and present you with a special piece of his wood art. Always so gracious, kind, caring and generous! It was a special blessing to have known such a great scientific superstar who loved his family above all of his successes! May God be with the ones he held so dear! He will always be remembered with much love, respect and fondness! ❤️🙏
Aaron lee left a message on November 4, 2019:
In memory of Dr. Irwin Fridovich, Aaron lee lit a candle
Jingjing Yang left a message on November 4, 2019:
Dear Judy, I am truly sorry for your loss. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. My deepest sympathy is with you and your family.
Evelyn and Mike Kelly left a message on November 4, 2019:
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know they are happy -Eskimo proverb
Seth, Lori and aaron left a message on November 4, 2019:
We are deeply saddened for your loss. Our thoughts are with you
Robert Poplin left a message on November 3, 2019:
The End of The Greatest Generation
Hudson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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