John Abdirkin obituary (1955 – 2021) – Tamarac, FL
John Abdirkin, 65, of Tamarac, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2021 surrounded by his family following a courageous and valiant 21-year battle with cancer which he faced with great courage and resilience.
John was born in Freeport, New York on September 15, 1955 and lived with his family in Massapequa Park, New York, where he graduated from high school in 1973.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1977, John spent several years in Italy, during which time he learned to speak Italian fluently, traveled through Europe and graduated from medicine from the University of Bologna.
Dr. Abdirkin joined the faculty of St. Thomas University, School of Science and Technology, in 1996, ascending to full professor status before retiring in 2019. During his 23 years at the university, he was instrumental in the planning, development, and launch of the “2 + 2” nursing program in partnership with the University of Miami. Dr Abdirkin is credited with playing a key role in acquiring a $ 1.5 million endowment to fund nursing scholarships that have enabled over 45 students to earn BSN degrees . He has been actively involved in a myriad of projects, including the Summer Research Institute, the Title V Transformational Leadership grant, and has served on numerous committees. Dr Abdirkin has also traveled with students in Italy, promoting multicultural sensitivity and the ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds. In his role as a classroom teacher, he has taught biology, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and pharmacology as well as several online and distance courses.
Dr Abdirkin has been recognized for his excellence in teaching based on meticulous preparation and a knack for translating complex scientific information into material that is easy to understand and apply.
John and her husband, Doug, have traveled extensively through Europe, Central and South America, China, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Mexico.
His favorite destination was his beloved Siena, Italy, where he last visited in July 2019, reuniting with many dear friends.
John is survived by his devoted husband of 25 years, Douglas Carson, his mother, Barbara Abdirkin of Tamarac, his brother and sister-in-law, David and Isabel Abdirkin of St. James, New York and his sister, Susan Abdirkin of Hamden , Connecticut. He is also survived by his nephews, Jared Abdirkin and her husband, Dr. Richard Song of Warwick, Rhode Island, Daniel Abdirkin of Boulder, Colorado, Nate Gallant and Noah Gallant of Brooklyn, New York and his grandnephew, Jackson Abdirkin. Song. John was killed by his father, Harry Abdirkin in 2019.
Jean, “Ti amiamo”
A church service will be held on September 9, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at Alexander-Levitt Funerals & Cremations, 8135 W. McNab Road, Tamarac, FL 33321.
Posted by Alexander-Levitt Funeral and Cremation on September 8, 2021.