Ivan Kochan

Professor Emeritus of Microbiology
August 20, 1923 - January 5, 2017

Obituary for Ivan Kochan

Dr. Ivan Kochan died on January 5th, 2017. He was 93 years old. Ivan was born on August 20, 1923 in a little Ukrainian town on the edge of the Poland/ Ukraine border called Tudorkovichy. He lived on a farm as a child with his paternal grandparents and many uncles. He attended Cholm Gymnasium, Lviv University, University of Munich Medical School and drove an ambulance for the "Rettungstelle" in Vienna during the WWII bombings of that city.

In 1948, he emigrated with his father and two brothers to Canada and in 1949 married Tatiana Sawycka. Ivan Kochan's career has spanned many institutes of higher learning. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba and then received his PhD in microbiology from Stanford University in 1959. He taught at Baylor University and Wadley Research Institute in Dallas Texas from 1959-1967. From 1967 to 1989, he taught and did research at Miami University, from which he retired with the status of Professor Emeritus. He also started the microbiology department at the medical school at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio.

Ivan's passion was studying nutritional immunology and iron metabolism in the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis. He wrote and published many articles on these topics and presented his findings at many microbiological conferences in the United States and abroad. After his retirement in 1989 he wrote and published an immunology textbook in his native language Ukrainian which is still being used in universities and medical schools in Ukraine today. Said Kochan, "All right, I have taught many students in the United States, now I will teach the students in the country from which I came".

Ivan was a scientist, a naturalist, a poet and an artist. He had a great love of nature, animals and the outdoors which he shared with his family. He is survived by his wife Stella Jean Kochan and their stepfamily, Steven Asmann and wife Janis, Catherine Gotschall and husband, John and many grandchildren.

He is survived by his brother Jerry Kochan and his children Alexis and Donna Kochan of Manitoba, Canada and his brother Roman Kochan of Long Beach CA as well as his children, Roman Jr., Stephen Kochan, Natalie Kochan and Kristina Kochan. He is also survived by his daughter Christine Foster and husband Donald Joy of Nevada City, his son Dr. Andrew Kochan of Northridge California and his son Mark Kochan and wife, Gwen of Portland Oregon; as well as grandchildren Daniel Wilcox, Peter Wilcox and Larissa Wilcox of Nevada City CA, Ksenya and Dimitri Kochan of Portland Oregon and great grand daughters Teegan and Madeleine Wilcox . Ivan was predeceased by his first wife Tatiana Kochan in 1996.

Services were held at 1PM Saturday, January 21, 2017 and arrangements were under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.