Alexander Richard Sohodski, son of Marie and Ryszard Suchocki, died at home from Covid-19 on April 23, 2021.
Alex was born in 1926 in Yekaterinoslav, Dnepropetrovsk, now present day Ukraine. In 1943, at the age of 16, Alexander was kidnapped from the streets of the occupied city by the German military police and shipped in a cattle wagon to forced labor in Nazi Germany. Alex was permanently separated from his parents and three younger brothers. Sponsored by Edward Wilson, Jr., Alex came to the United States and permanent residency in Wilmington, Delaware in May 1950.
Alex was drafted within a few weeks of his arrival and served with the Airborne, Military Intelligence and the U.S. Infantry. In Korea with a regimental combat team, Alex was awarded the Infantry Badge for combat service and the Purple Heart for the wounds received in action. Upon Honorable Discharge from the military, Alex went to France and married Lidia to whom he was married for 68 years. Together they had three children.
Using the G.I. Bill of Rights, Alex earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Universities of Delaware and Pennsylvania while working full time at the DuPont Laboratories. Since then, Alexander held many jobs in many part of the United States and overseas. He was a professor at Western Michigan University, Chemical Abstracts editor in Columbus, Ohio, interpreter in the Apollo-Soyuz project in Florida and Texas, and the job from which he retired as a CIA analyst in DC.
Alexander is survived by his wife Lidia, children Marie-Catherine (Paul Roesler), Richard (Eileen), and Elizabeth Kay (Lee Curry), five grandchildren Nolan (Krystal), Adrienne Nicole, Christopher, Evan (Becky) and Caroline and two great grandchildren Ava Grace and Eliana Sophia.
A memorial service will be held for family members at a later date.