George Botoman

October 21, 1925July 8, 2013

George Botoman, 87, died peacefully with his family by his side on July 8, 2013, after a long illness. He is survived by Rodica, his wife of 60 years, by his son, Vlaicu Alin, and by his grandchildren: Alexander, Maureen, and Eleonor Alina. George was born in Vistea, Romania. He became a geologist and for 20 years headed the Exploration Section of the Romanian Geological Survey. In 1969 he decided to leave from behind the Iron Curtain, and immigrate with his family to the United States in 1970. He attained a Masters Degree from Ohio State University, and worked for 20 more years for the Ohio Geological Survey. His research work made a major contribution to understanding the geology of Ohio, and is still being used as a reference. After retirement, he worked tirelessly to support the Romanian Program at Ohio State University, founded by his wife. He and Rodica moved to Florida in 2002. George was an extra-ordinary, husband, father, and grandfather with amazing devotion to his family. He also gave of himself to many, helping them selflessly in their time of need, and a pillar of strength and wisdom to all. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him, and will forever live in our hearts.

The viewing will be on Sunday July 14 from 4-8pm at Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home, 4061 N Federal Hwy.; Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308; phone 954-565-5591. The Funeral Service will be at 10 AM on Monday July 15 at The Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, 1850 SW 60th Terrace, Miramar, FL 33023; phone 954-786-9866. A funeral procession will follow to Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to: The Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, 1850 SW 60th Terrace, Miramar FL 33023; phone 954-786-9866.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2013
  • Committal Service Monday, July 15, 2013

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July 31, 2013

Dear Alin, Dear Rodica,
Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We are very lucky to meet George and you, Rodica in our last trip to Florida in autumn 2010. You hosted us with great hospitality at your beatiful home. These memories are priceless for us. We will always remember George's heartfeld stories about your challenging life.
We always prayed to GOD for him after learning his disease. We send our deepest sympathy and sincere wishes for comfort and peace.

July 19, 2013

Dear Rodica,

Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. George and I had adjacent offices while working at the Ohio Geological Survey, and also, we worked together on several projects. I have fond memories of our times in the field and George's inspirational stories about his life. I will always remember George as and intelligent, passionate individual, and am sorry to hear of his passing.

Dick and Patty Carlton

Andrei Cretu

July 19, 2013

Am primit cu tristete dureroasa veste a trecerii la cele vesnice a domnului George Botoman. Doamna Profesoara, va sint alaturi cu gindul. Imi voi aminti intotdeauna de bunatatea sufleteasca, entuziasmul si dragostea de viata a domnului Botoman. Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca.

Jean-Pierre Astier

July 18, 2013

Rodica, Alin & Family,

The friendship between our two families over the decades has meant so much. We are lucky to have such good friends through wonderful times filled with laughter, and difficult times when love and support shined brightly.

Please know that all of us are blessed to have known George (he taught me to drive!) and shared in his infectious joy of life. I am especially glad that my own son got to see him on our recent trip to Florida. We will share stories with him of the deep friendship and love shared between our families.

Our condolences to you during these difficult times and our continued love remains forever.

Jean-Pierre, Susie & Philippe

fam Ciurea

July 17, 2013

Draga Rodica, Alin si familie –

Am aflat cu mare durere despre George. Figura lui ne este mereu in minte. El a fost tipul ideal al Ardeleanului: drept ca un brad, bun la carte, bun la munca, si bun la suflet - bun cu toti cunoscutii si uneori si necunoscutii - placut la petreceri si neintrecut la dansuri. Ce aminitiri frumoase avem despre zilele acelea ....

Figura lui o sa traiasca in societatea romaneasca cat si Americana. Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca.

Voua va dorim pace in suflet. Cu asa o amintire speram ca mahnirea sa fie mai usoara.

Va dorim numai bine. Toate gandurile noastre sunt cu voi.

Lucica, Ducu, Lucica si Mihaela

Nate Fuller

July 16, 2013

To Alin ,Rodica and all family and friends who loved George. I worked for the Ohio Geological Survey but only knew him in passing because I was based in Sandusky Ohio, but all the contacts that I had with him were just wonderful. I treasure the time with him and have thought of him often. I hope that in this trying time you will feel comfort it knowing that he touched so many folks in such positive ways.

Daniel Collins

July 16, 2013

George was such a wonderful, big-hearted man; he always had a kind word and a helping hand for others. I can see him showing OSU students how to do folk dances—in a red vest, and perhaps red in the face with his exertions, but beaming from ear to ear. Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca, iar familiei sincere condoleante.


July 15, 2013

To Alin ,Rodica and all family and friends who loved Geoge.
We pray to GOD bring confort and pease to the you heart.
Demello's family

Maryann Walther-Keisel

July 15, 2013

Together with the OSU Slavic Center, I send my deepest sympathy and sincere wishes for comfort and peace.

Predrag Matejic

July 14, 2013

Our sincerest condolences to Rodica and Alin and the family. We have so many fine memories of him and you. When we were together in Columbus, our lives were enriched by all of you. We think of you, pray for you, especially at this time...

May his memory be eternal... Predrag and Tatyana, and on behalf of my parents, who also tried to call.