Posted on: June 12, 2020
Alexander Victor Fakadej passed into the hands of his Higher Power on April 24, 2020, surrounded by his daughters and two grandsons.
He was born in Versailles, Pa., to Paul Fakadej who immigrated bravely to the US from Poland under extremely difficult circumstances and made a life with his wife, Rozalia. Alex was a star football athlete in Wilmerding, Pa., and was able to attend the College of William and Mary (W&M ’57) under a football scholarship. He graduated with honors and was student body president and president of SAE. He was the recipient of Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award awarded based on characteristics of “heart, mind and helpfulness to others.” From there, he attended the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine. After his residency, he was drafted into the US Air Force rising to the rank of captain and serving honorably in Vietnam.
Ultimately, he was triple boarded in adult neurology, pediatrics, and pediatric neurology. He was one of the pioneers in pediatric neurology in the US. He spent most of his career as the only pediatric neurologist in the state of West Virginia. He served as a medical consultant for West Virginia Special Olympics for many years. He served as a missionary in medicine treating children all over the world on the PROJECT HOPE hospital ship. He spoke five languages fluently. He loved teaching at West Virginia University School of Medicine lecturing all over the world and taking care of the most vulnerable of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, saving countless newborn lives.
He is survived by his four daughters with his first wife, Carolyn Fakadej, Maria of Clayton NC, Anna of Pinehurst NC, Sarah of New York City and Martha of Charlotte NC. His stepdaughters are Susan, Lisa and Carol. He is “Dziadziu” to Alex, Paul, Abigail, Maggie, Conor, Sean, Aidan, Tom, Owen, and Sydney. He is “Grandpa” to Lauren, Matthew, John, Nick, Maggie, and Sam. He is also survived by his two wonderful sisters Danuta and Melania who were always at his side and his biggest fans.
In lieu of flowers, please thank a veteran for their service to this country that he loved so well and was proud to service. He would have appreciated a donation to Wounded Warriors. He was also a recovering alcoholic for 30 years and he would appreciate your support of your loved ones who may be suffering that path.