Dr. Zigmunt C. Kaminski
Dr. Zigmunt C. Kaminski, 88, of Madison, New Jersey, passed away on March 16, 2017, at home. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, son of Joseph Kaminski and Mary Jasiak Kaminski. He was predeceased by his brother, Henry Kaminski, and sister, Eleanor (Lottie) Kaminski Pozniak. He is survived by his sister, Florence K. Langridge of West Hartford, Connecticut, and brother, Ronald Kaminski, and his wife, Janet, of Summerville, South Carolina, and numerous nieces and nephews in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina.
He was a graduate of Hartford Public High School and received his Bachelor in Science degree from the University of Connecticut. He received his Master's Degree and Ph.D. from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.
Dr. Kaminski was Assistant Professor of Microbiology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey, as well as Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. His career spanned from teaching medical students at Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry in Jersey City, New Jersey, to teaching at Martland Hospital in Newark, which later became UMDNJ and is now affiliated with Rutgers University. He was a member of the American Society for Microbiology and its New York City branch, as well as the Infectious Disease Society of New Jersey. On a lighter note, Zigmunt was one of the lucky Branch members who uncannily won the NYC ASM Branch trivia contest on numerous occasions!
He was on the Advisory Committee for the New York Academy of Sciences and a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. He wrote numerous articles in his field which were published in a variety of medical journals. His research interests included: Clinical Microbiology Diagnostics; Penicillinase Production; Susceptibility of Enterobacteriaceae; Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infections; and Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus. He traveled throughout the world, including Africa, for research as well as enjoyment. Of Polish ancestry, he made numerous trips to Poland and other Slavic countries.
Dr. Kaminski was a devoted parishioner of St. Vincent Martyr Church in Madison, where he was a Eucharistic Minister. He was also a volunteer and a trustee of the Madison Historical Society.
Various agencies, his internist and former student, Dr. John Salaki, as well as his long-time friend and caregiver, Daniel Seidel of Madison, NJ, cared for him throughout his long illness.
Dr. Zigmunt Kamiski will be sorely missed by his colleagues and former students alike.