Andre Fedotowsky died Dec. 24, 2005, at the age of 63 after an eight-year battle with kidney disease.
Andre was born to Leonid and Vera Torno Fedotowsky in Riga, Latvia. The family fled the Russian invasion to Stuttgart, Germany, during World War II and came to the United States in 1954. As a result of his childhood travels, Andre spoke several languages fluently, including Russian, German, French and English. Andre attended schools in North Adams, Mass., and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was interested in science and math; he graduated from Michigan Institute of Technology in 1965. It was in Boston that he met the love of his life, Caroline, with whom he spent 41 adventurous years.
Andre completed his doctoral studies at Universite Laval in Quebec City. In 1972, he came to California, where he was a professor of engineering at University of Southern California. He developed a very successful semiconductor lab for the electrical engineering department there. He came to Ojai in 1973 to enjoy the natural beauty.
Andre was a kind and respected person. He had great intellectual curiosity and always a hobby, including philately, bicycling, poker, fishing, riding his 1949 Harley-Davidson, and mathematics. He loved critters and gardening cacti.
He shared his love of fun with his family, including his wife, Caroline, beloved daughter, Vera Long, and young grandsons, August Long and Andre Mose Long, all of Ojai. He also leaves his brothers, Michael and Alex Fedotowsky; stepmother, Emilie of Ohio; along with many beautiful nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all, including our dogs Taylor, Rick and Willy!
We give heartfelt thanks to Drs. Halverson and Dial and their wonderful staffs, to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association hospice and HELP of Ojai, for all the compassion and support they provided to ease Andre's last days. Please remember Andre with donations to those organizations that give so much.
A bientot, chou-chou. I love you, Daddy.
Arrangements are by Coast Cities Cremations, Ventura.
Published in the Ventura County Star from 12/28/2005 - 12/31/2005.