Rudolph Edward Micik
(1936 - 2012)

Rudolph Edward Micik
Nickname: Rudy

New York
October 5, 1936

January 28, 2012

Rudolph Edward Micik was born in New York City on October 5, 1936 to devoted Czechoslovakian immigrant parents.

Rudy grew up in the Bronx with his sister, Sylvia, where he made many friends and played stickball, war, and other games. The family lived in a Jewish neighborhood, and, although they were not Jewish, Rudy adopted much of the Jewish culture and values – and enjoyed being out of school for both the Jewish and Christian holidays.

Rudy’s parents had come to the United States in 1920 and believed they could live the American dream through their children. Rudy’s father worked as a janitor at the New York Public Library, while his mother worked as a short order cook. They saved enough money to help send both Rudy and Sylvia to college and then to get their doctorates. Rudy wanted to become someone that would be not only highly educated and professional, but someone whose work would help people. He decided to become a dentist and went to Columbia University Dental School, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery.

After school, Rudy took a dental internship at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans. Rudy thrived in New Orleans. He lived in the French Quarter, where he immediately took to the foods, the music, the lifestyle, and the people.

After the internship, Rudy decided to stay in the Public Health Service and was commissioned as an officer, eventually attaining the rank of Captain (equivalent to Colonel).

He was then sent to the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington), where he ran a mobile dental unit that traveled across the region providing dental care to Coast Guard personnel and their families.

After two years, Rudy went to San Francisco to work in the Dental Health Center, where he conducted numerous research projects, most notably involving the impact of bacteria and viruses in the atmosphere surrounding the dental patient and the exposure to the dentist. He published several articles and earned a Master’s Degree in Microbiology at UC San Francisco, where studied the efficacy of dental sealants. He also traveled extensively, and visited a total of 20 countries.

Rudy fell in love twice in San Francisco, once with the city, and once with his wife, Sherli Chu. They married in their apartment at the bottom of the famed “crooked street” and held their reception in Chinatown with a ten course Chinese dinner and a Slovak polka band.

In 1974, Rudy was transferred to Bethesda, Maryland, where he became the project manager of multi-million dollar grants to universities worldwide.

In Bethesda, Rudy and Sherli had two children, Ryan and Marissa, who brought great joy to Rudy’s life.

In 1975, Rudy developed some strange symptoms and was diagnosed at age 39 with Parkinson’s Disease. Even with this devastating disease, he continued to work and travel until 1988, when he retired.

Although he fought the disease, its effects took a insurmountable toll on his ability to be an active father and husband. Sherli cared for him for a number of years in Bethesda. Rudy then moved to San Diego to be cared for by his sister, Sylvia, and his caregiver, Leticia, and their families. During this time, Rudy became an integral part of Sylvia and Leticia's family and community in San Diego, where he continued to keep tabs on his children and his other loved ones. He spent the last years of his life in San Diego, in the care of his Sylvia, Leticia, their families, and a community friends.

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Dear Sherli, Ryan, Marissa & Sylvia:
We were extremely saddened to learn of Rudy's passing. As Sylvia may remember, Rudy, Jerry Levy & I were inseperable as pre-teens and teenagers. Unfortunately, geography drove us apart and it has probably been close to 20 years or more since we last saw Rudy & Sherli.
Rudy was a very special person with never an unkind word to say about anyone. I have nothing but very fond memories of him. He will be sorely missed.
Sherli & Sylvia, I'd love to get a chance to speak with both of you even after these many years. Please get back to me by email and give me a number where I can reach you.
All my best.

Herb & Penny Wender (Friends)
July 14th, 2012
Dear Ryan,Asha and Family,
What an amazing man your Father is! So sorry to hear of his passing, but know you have many wonderful times of your lives to remember and cherish!
Wishing you strength and his power to guide you for all the days of your life!
Love, Mary
Mary BernardMalloy (Friend of Ryan)
June 18th, 2012
Rudy's families,
It was such a blessing to hear about Rudy's life at his memorial service. Although I didn't know him personally, I had heard of him through other family members and to know of what a courageous life he led and the people he touched he will be fondly remembered.
Jan Jue (2nd cousin)
February 7th, 2012
Auntie Sherli, Ryan and Marissa

It's been a very long time for Uncle Rudy's suffering. I hope he's enjoying his freedom from his body with God. I remember him as always being cheery and mom having him check our teeth during his visits. (although I wasn't so fond of that extra "check up.") The last time I recall seeing him was at your home in Maryland where he offered us ice cream or Popsicles.. a cool dentist/uncle. Parkinsons was taking it's affect but his mind was still sharp. I could tell it was frustrating for him. I'm sorry he's gone but happy he's free.

God bless you all and may you feel His arms holding you during this time.

Tracey Elliott (niece)
February 5th, 2012
Thanks so much dear Sylvia for give me the gift to take care such a gentle and kind man.
I'm grateful for sharing almost 11 years with a man who fought every moment his disease with courage.
We, my husband, our kids, grandchildren and
I; felt blessed to have Rudy
in our life...♥
Leticia Martinez (Caregiver)
February 4th, 2012
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"Dear Sherli and Family Rudy was an accomplished and dedicated professional, a delightfu person and a loving husband and father. We learned s much about him from the bio and wished we had known him more. May his memory be a blessing. The Kaliners"
Jean Kaliner
February 8th, 2012
"We are saddened to hear of Rudy's passing. He was a gentle, sweet man with a heart of gold. He suffered under a horrible disease for many years and bore it with grace and dignity. We will miss him. We send our love and prayers to the family. peace."
Martha Kovac
February 4th, 2012
"Hugs and warm thoughts to you Marissa/Sinosa and family."
Kel Bryant
February 1st, 2012
"Dear Sherli, Ryan and Marissa...Alan and I are sorry to hear about Rudy's death. He was a lovely human being. We will be thinking of him and you on the 4th. The Franks."
Ann Frank
February 1st, 2012


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