Robert Zand, formerly of Ann Arbor, MI, died on 9/14/2022 at the age of 92 in Rochester, NY. Beloved husband of 70 years to Charlene Rooth Zand. Cherished father of Martin (Ellen Ingram), Joel (Renee Ghert-Zand), and Dina (Adrian Zelazny). Loving grandfather of Adrienne Zand, Sonia Zand, Amitai Zand, Hillel Zand, Ezra Zand, Tamar Zelazny and Ariela Zelazny. Also survived by his brother Dale Zand, and many nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by parents Morris Zand and Gussie Lassman, and his sister Ruth Fogelman.
Graveside Services will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 1 PM in Arborcrest Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Bob was born in Bronx NY on January 7, 1930, where he grew up. He met his wife, Charlene, when she fell into his arms on the stairs of an art museum, a love celebrated this past year with their 70th wedding anniversary. An academic biochemist and biophysicist, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri, Masters of Science from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a PhD in Biochemistry from Brandeis University. He then settled in Ann Arbor, MI, where he and Charlene raised a family. Bob was Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry University of Michigan from 1962 until his retirement in 2014. His academic career spanned more than 50 years of laboratory research and teaching. His academic legacy includes numerous former students and fellows.
While he took pride in his academic career and associated contributions, Bob’s greatest skill was that of a storyteller. Every story, whether an anecdote from his training, a recollection from his childhood or a favorite food from a previous travel experience was shared with a warm smile and accompanied by a twinkle in his eye. Bob’s world-wide academic collaborations and friendships led he and Charlene to travel extensively in Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, the former Soviet Union, Israel, and South America.
He loved to laugh at his own jokes. His family was his greatest joy, particularly his grandchildren with whom he shared his largest grins and, if they were lucky, part of his dessert. He will be missed by all.
The family would like to thank the staff of Cottage 2, Home 1 at the Jewish Home of Rochester for their loving care.