Dr. Uldis Normunds Streips

February 1, 1942January 30, 2019

Uldis Normunds Streips, 76. Born in Riga, Latvia, February 1, 1942, Uldis’ life is defined by his love of heritage, teaching, sports, and family. Uldis educated many people about the Latvian culture, food, and music, and spent more than 40 years performing as the bass guitarist for the Latvian folk band, “Cikagas Piecisi.” Uldis was also a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Louisville Medical School for 45 years, where he received countless teaching awards from his students. Uldis was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia and is survived by a daughter, Krista, son, Krisjans, and grandchildren, Anja, Zander, Nora, and Maia. His memorial service will occur 10 am, Friday, February 8, at Epiphany Catholic Church, 914 Old Harrods Creek Rd, Louisville, KY 40223. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Latvian Center Garezers an organization which educates and promotes the Latvian culture. Visit and click on Donate.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 8, 2019

Dr. Uldis Normunds Streips

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Gerald Larson

February 8, 2019

To the Family of Uldis Streips,
I would like to send my condolences to you on the death of your father and grandfather. I have known Dr Streips for many years through our interactions at the U of L medical school. Although he was a professor in the Dept of Microbiolgy and I was in the Dept. of Surgery , we often served on committees together and had an opportunity to talk about school, life and student issues. He was an outstanding teacher and rightly deserved receiving one of the first U of L Distinguished Teaching awards. Students liked his lectures and classes and they appreciated his interest in them. He was a good teacher and scientist and devoted to the education of the medical students and he will long be remembered for this.
May our gracious Lord grant you peace, comfort and understanding during these days.
Gerald Larson
Dept of Surgery
University of Louisville.

Dr. Floyd Knoop

February 5, 2019

To The Family of Uldis Normans Streips: Please accept my heartfelt regrets over your loss. I knew Uldis through AMSMIC since the mid-1990s. . .he was a true professional and wonderful microbiologist. I always admired his tremendous knowledge of the field and his outstanding abilities. We enjoyed many emails and numerous telephone calls and we both learned from one another. He was a genuine person and will be sorely missed!

In Deepest Sympathy,
Dr. Floyd Knoop
Creighton University School of Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska

Girish Kotwal

February 1, 2019

On behalf of my family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Krista, the daughter of Dr. Uldis Normans Streips and to his son and all his loved ones left behind. Uldis was my faculty colleague. He made me feel very welcome when I was recruited to join the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, 25+ years ago. He was also the first to inform me that the faculty had recommended me for tenure and promotion to the medical school. He was kind when he invited me to dinner with his wife during my interview process and trusted his son and daughter to baby sit my son, then 5 years old. Uldis was a very warm and cordial Professor and gentleman. During the many years that I knew him and worked with him, his passion for teaching was boundless and not confined to the University of Louisville. He took me along for giving lectures to Medical Microbiology teachers in San Salvador, El Salvador. His Chalk and talk teaching in the era of power point did not go out of fashion and medical students appreciated that in full measure. As another one of our colleague Dr. Richard Miller wrote to me "an era has ended". Uldis was one of kind, unique individual who shared his wisdom and his life experiences generously. He never forgot where he immigrated to the USA from and was always proud of his rich Latvian heritage, culture and music. He will be deeply missed by all those who had the good fortune to know him and interact with him on different levels. Rest in peace my friend Uldis.