Maria W. Seraydarian

Maria Seraydarian

As published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2013.

Seraydarian, Maria W. Born in Warsaw, Poland on January 30, 1924; died on March 22, 2013. Maria is survived by her daughter Ann (John) Bedoyan, son Paul (Fredi), and five grandchildren, Beth, Mark, Lia, Janette and Laura. She was predeceased by her husband, Krikor, and her brother, Olek. With strong will and determination, Maria became a pioneer in her field, receiving her BA. (1948) and M.A. (1949) in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tufts University (1952). After moving to Los Angeles in 1957 with her family, she found a home away from home at UCLA for over 50 years. Here, as a biochemist, she researched intracellular energy transport in the heart and she inspired and challenged countless students as a professor of Physiology. She published over 40 scientific papers and sponsored post-doctoral fellows from all over the world. She was proud to have been named “UCLA Woman of Science” in 1980, Maria was a true Renaissance woman. She passionately loved travel, art, the symphony, books, hiking in Mammoth, theater, attending lectures at UCLA, French class and swimming laps at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Seraydarian home was always a place ol’ warmth and hospitality to family, friends and colleagues. Above all, Maria was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who was admired, adored and respected by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. She brought out the best in all of us and she will be greatly missed. Donations in Maria’s memory may be made to the Maria W. Seraydarian Fund for Student Research in the UCLA Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology.