MADISON-Dr. Wojciech Maria “Wojtek” Bogdanowicz, M.D., age 81, of Madison and Naples, Fla., passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017. He was born on June 12, 1936, in Warsaw, Poland. Wojtek was a survivor of World War II. His father, Anthony, a captain in the Polish army, was a victim of the Russian invasion of Poland in 1939 and lost his life at the Katyn Forest. He was raised and influenced by his beloved mother, Hanna. She was an Ophthalmologist whose skill and intelligence ensured their survival during the war. Wojtek could fascinate his children and grandchildren with stories of survival as a child during the war. He studied medicine in Poland. His quest brought him to the U.S. in 1962 on a grant from the Ventnor Foundation. He first worked at Patterson General Hospital in Patterson, N.J. as a pediatric intern. There, he met the love of his life, Libby, whom preceded him in death at a young age. Wojtek became a U.S. citizen shortly after his arrival and was proud of his new homeland. He did his medical residency in Neurosurgery at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. Wojtek made many lifelong friends, several of whom became his colleagues in Neurosurgery at the Dean Clinic Medical Center in Madison. He practiced one of his life's passions, Neurosurgery, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison for over 35 years and was a pioneer in establishing trauma care at St. Mary’s. Additionally, he was a fierce advocate for his patients and was integral in establishing the first CT scanner at St. Mary’s Hospital. His skill and caring touched the lives of many patients and their families. He was a kind person with a love for people, art and learning. Wojtek is remembered as a great father. As a single parent of three, he taught his children that hard work, honesty and respect for others will always pay off. He was the grandfather of eight and became known as, "Dzia, Dzia" (grandpa). Wojtek was a passionate patron of the arts. He could lecture on art as easily as he could on Neurosurgery. Wojtek never stopped learning and was intrigued by art until the very end. He will be greatly missed. Wojtek was a giant of a man for whom the mold was broken. He will stay in the hearts forever of those who loved him forever with the knowledge that his memory, and passion will carry on. He was truly one of a kind. We will miss you "Dzia, Dzia".
Wojtek is survived by his three children, Dr. Marta Bogdanowicz (Dr. Dan Hoefer) of Madison, Dr. Luke (Amber) Bogdanowicz of Minneapolis, Minn., and Kasia Bogdanowicz ( Anders Christensen) of Montreal, Canada; and eight grandchildren; Maggie (16), Luna (13), Sadie (13), Sophie (13), Daniel (12), Alex (10), Aurora (6) and Lukie (2). He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Libby.
As per Wojtek's request, his funeral will be private for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his name to Edgewood Campus School, 829 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com