Wladyslaw Maceij (Matthew) Lotkowski

LOTKOWSKI, Wladyslaw Maceij (Matthew)

Passed away peacefully at Arranglen Gardens December 27, 2004 with his family at his side. Wladyslaw was born on February 24, 1910 in Radom, Poland. He graduated from the Gydnia Nautical Academy with a Master Mariner Diploma and a B.Sc. in Astronomy. He trained on the tall ship Dar Pomorza and served with the Polish Merchant Marines. During WWII, after a dramatic escape with his ship a few hours before the bombing of Gydnia, he served as senior officer on Polish, British and U.S. Merchant Marine ships in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. After the war he entered Columbia University, NYC, as a graduate student and earned an M.A. in Economic Geography and a Ph.D. in International Relations, specializing in East European Studies. He was a member of the U.S. National Science Foundation and a Professor at the University of Cincinnati, University of North Dakota and Antioch University. While at Antioch, in 1973, he established and directed the Antioch Environmental Field Study Center in Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island. This enabled him to indulge in his life-long passion for fly-fishing. Wladyslaw fell in love with the natural beauty of Qualicum and chose it as the best place to retire. He spent many happy hours fly-fishing on the Big Qualicum where he was known by other fishermen as “the Professor”. Wladyslaw was predeceased by his brother Dr. Kazimierz Lotkowski and first wife Lovisa Thomassen. He is survived and greatly missed by his loving wife and companion of 60 years Olga; his children Jan (Sveinbjorg) in Iceland, Matthew in Qualicum, Veronica in Iowa City; his six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three nieces and nephews in Europe and the U.S. The family would like to thank the caregivers and nurses at Arranglen Gardens for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the David Suzuki Foundation or to a charity of your choice. A private service will be held at a later date.